Great Dane stands tall
With the Carolina Hurricanes victory in Montreal, there’s always going to be a strong underlying cause of goaltending. When Carolina’s netminder turns away 27 of 28 shots faced, you have to give him a lot of praise. Did he get a little lucky only giving up one goal? Probably, yes. But only giving up one goal is a great feat for Frederik Andersen.
Freddie has been asked to keep the Canes in games this season so far that they had no right being in. With this game, that was never the case. Montreal never looked like asserting their dominance. It was always the superior Carolina talent that caused issues, but Andersen turned away what he had to.
Carolina was the first team this year to really get into a “run and gun” style game with Montreal this year where pucks and bodies were flying in a thousand different directions. Montreal couldn’t help it with the deficiencies they have on the back end. We still wish nothing but the best for the whole Edmundson family.
This never should have been the case, Carolina’s inability to hold the Habs in their own zone was shocking, and it lead to a lot of scoring chances against. One of the redeeming factors about Andersen’s projections this season was that he won’t have the same workload he did in Toronto. Yet, Carolina seems to depend on him to bail them out time and time again.
While in the short term, Andersen has the ability to bail the team out, it does raise questions about his long-term sustainability and if he can genuinely get through the season while avoiding injuries. At the age of 32, it’s becoming harder to do. Obviously, no one wants to see Freddie hurt. However, this raises a lot of questions about the previous injuries he had sustained in his career.
With Andersen shining through for the Hurricanes time and time again, he made himself a highlight reel from this game, and it was worth the watch. With the Dane standing on his head, Carolina got a lot of assistance as they overcame an early scare with a goal ruled out for goaltender interference to handle the Canadiens quite easily in the end.