Anaheim Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said he has confidence in goalie Frederik Andersen, even after he allowed three goals on 10 shots on Thursday, The Orange County Register's Eric Stephens reports.
The 25-year-old Andersen, who made the All-Rookie First Team last season, was pulled for Jason LaBarbera against the Los Angeles Kings. Despite those struggles, Boudreau said he believes in Andersen in the net.
“I have all the faith in the world in Freddie,” Boudreau said. “Sometimes stuff happens. If it’s a forward, you’d never notice it. But as a goalie, you notice it.”
Andersen has opened the season 7-1-2 for the Ducks with a 1.77 goals against average while saving 93.5 percent of shots. He admitted he was not at his best on Thursday.
“At that point in time, we were playing so well and I really felt bad obviously,” Andersen said. “You just got to try and help the team by staying positive. I think I tried to, the best I could. I know I had a rough day but you have that sometimes.
“The last goal, I don’t remember when I’ve let a goal in like that before. Maybe when I was 15. Sometimes you miss them. You just got to learn from it, I guess.”
Anaheim defeated Los Angeles 6-5 in a shootout Thursday. The Ducks are 11-3-3 and in first place in the Pacific Division. They complete a home-and-home with the Kings on Saturday in Los Angeles at 4 p.m. ET.
- Paul Palladino