Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Frederik Andersen Stops 40 Shots as Maple Leafs Blank Panthers 1-0

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Frederik Andersen Stops 40 Shots as Maple Leafs Blank Panthers 1-0

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Andersen solid as Leafs blank Panthers

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TORONTO - Frederik Andersen could sense Tuesday's game would be a low-scoring affair. He was right, and he was sharp when it counted.

The 28-year-old made 40 saves, leading the Maple Leafs to a 1-0 win over the Florida Panthers.

"These are always fun," Andersen said.

"The game was tough from the beginning. I think the ice was a little tough, it seemed to bounce off the guys' sticks and could be a low-scoring game where the chances weren't really coming that often. I had to be sharp."

Andersen improved to 7-0-2 with a 1.82 goals-against average, a .952 save percentage and two shutouts this season when facing 40 or more shots.

Opponents are taking note of his elevated game.

"Especially this year, he's really taken his game to another level," Roberto Luongo said after Tuesday's morning skate. "Obviously in the top tier of goaltenders in the league now, and he's giving his team a chance to win every night.

"As a goalie, you look around the league, the best goalies give their teams a chance to win every night and I think that's what he does."

James van Riemsdyk scored the lone goal for the Maple Leafs (37-20-5), who have won seven straight on home ice. Toronto has won 11 of 12 and improved to 14-4-2 since Jan. 4.

The Panthers (26-25-6) have dropped back-to-back games after opening their five-game road trip with three straight wins. Florida entered the night six points out of a wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. Luongo stopped 30 shots in the loss.

"I thought both goaltenders were really hot tonight," said Jonathan Huberdeau. "I think in the third we had some pressure, we got a lot of chances, but it didn't go in. It's a tough loss."

Florida threatened in the third with Luongo pulled for an extra attacker, but Andersen stopped the Panthers best chance -- a point shot from Keith Yandle with 23 seconds remaining. …

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