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Sports Freddie Andersen back in practice day after head injury

19:51  06 february  2018
19:51  06 february  2018 Source:   thestar.com

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Frederik Andersen is helped off the ice Monday night. © Frank Gunn Frederik Andersen is helped off the ice Monday night.

Everything seemed normal for goalie Freddie Andersen Tuesday morning.

The Maple Leafs goalie was back on the ice, practising with teammates, about 14 hours after taking a skate to the head in the Leafs’ 7-4 win over Anaheim Monday night.

Concerns for Andersen — especially over the possibility of a concussion —— were high following the second period incident, in which Corey Perry tripped up through the crease, and had his skate come up and strike Andersen on his goalie mask.

Andersen, who lay prone and motionless on the ice for several moments, left the game and did not return.

But the Leafs’ top goalie, who is among the NHL leaders in games played (with 45 so far), dropped into practice Tuesday at noon looking 100 per cent healthy.

That’s good news for the Leafs, who take on the 2017 Stanley Cup finalist Nashville Predators Wednesday evening at the Air Canada Centre.

Maple Leafs’ Andersen makes 40 saves in shutout win over Panthers .
Frederik Andersen made 40 saves and James van Riemsdyk had the lone goal as the Toronto Maple Leafs shut out the Florida Panthers 1-0 on Tuesday. The shutout marked Andersen’s career-best fifth of the season. The 28-year-old has reached the 30-win mark for the third time in his career.Toronto (37-20-5) 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.

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