Andersen allows four in return from injury, Maple Leafs fall to Avalanche
Frederik Andersen allowed four goals in his return from a groin injury, and the Toronto Maple Leafs lost 6-3 against the Colorado Avalanche at Scotiabank Arena on Monday.
It was Andersen’s first game since Dec. 22. He missed eight consecutive games.
“You just feel a little bit slow on your reads maybe and maybe the patience wasn’t there on some of the plays, but you get back into it and hopefully it goes better next time,” Andersen said. “They definitely came to work and did well tonight. You have to be careful with teams like that; sometimes they come and outwork you and they definitely had their work boots on and got rewarded.”
Carl Soderberg scored his first NHL hat trick and broke a tie with 8:15 remaining in the third period for Colorado (21-17-8), which trailed 2-0 in the second period but rallied to end a three-game losing streak. Gabriel Landeskog, Mikko Rantanen and Matt Calvert scored and Semyon Varlamov made 17 saves.
“It feels pretty good. I think we played good from the start,” said Soderberg, who played his 446th NHL game. “Even when they scored the second goal, you could feel on the bench we were going tonight. I’m glad we could get a win here tonight.”
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Agree with @odognine2 whole-heartedly here. Jake Gardiner is a very good defenceman. He'd be highly sought-after July 1 as a UFA. The league is about puck-moving/skating D and he's all that. Sure he makes mistakes. But he's clearly become the fans' target and it's over the top https://t.co/XCA8CblAON
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