Freddie won the goalie duel
Carolina has the ability to protect their netminders and make light work of a game for their goalie. Sometimes, they need their goaltender to bail them out in a game they have no right to be in. Tonight, they threw Frederik Andersen to the Wolves… or Ducks. He was absolutely fantastic when the Carolina Hurricanes needed him to be in this one.
Andersen was the goaltender who stood on his brain and skull in this game and was there for the Canes when the Ducks broke him down. Stopping 31 of 32, and not having a chance on the goal that beat him as it trickled in on a bounce, Andersen was the first star of this game as he beat his old goalie tandem teammate and friend in this one.
Andersen also had a late bid for an empty-net goal denied by a stingy Ducks defenseman who doesn’t like fun and probably hates Christmas, but that’s not the point. Andersen was making great passes, he was making great saves, and he was giving the Carolina Hurricanes every chance they could ever ask for to win this game.
Lovingly, Andersen was given the nickname “Frezina” during his time with the Toronto Maple Leafs, but at this rate, he’s genuinely going to be in consideration for the George Vezina trophy for the league-best goaltender. He’s been nothing short of exemplary in this early part of this season. For as long as he continues to make great saves and keep the Canes in games, he’ll be considered by fans for that award.