Hurricanes' Andersen says he was very close to returning from MCL tear

Hurricanes goalie Frederik Andersen shares all the details about his MCL tear that made him miss the team's playoffs, and says the most frustrating part was that he was really close to returning to game action. Courtesy: Carolina Hurricanes.

Carolina Hurricanes starting goaltender Frederik Andersen confirmed Wednesday he suffered an MCL tear in mid-April and was very close to being able to return to action before the team suffered a 6-2 loss against the New York Rangers in Game 7 of their second-round series on Monday.

Andersen, who exited late in a game against the Colorado Avalanche on April 16 with the injury, was speaking to reporters as the Hurricanes cleaned out the lockers in the aftermath of their season-ending loss.

Without Andersen, Antti Raanta stepped up to be the Hurricanes' No. 1 goalie in the playoffs. But in Game 7 against the Rangers, Raanta suffered a lower-body injury with his team trailing 2-0 in the second period.

The Hurricanes then had to turn to No. 3 Pyotr Kochetkov, who gave up three goals on 12 shots.

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