Leafs' Frederik Andersen day-to-day with neck injury

The Toronto Maple Leafs acquired goaltender Jack Campbell and forward Kyle Clifford from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for forward Trevor Moore and draft picks.

As of now, there is no reason to sound the alarms, however, the Toronto Maple Leafs announced during the first intermission of the game against Florida Panthers visitors that number 1 netminder Frederik Andersen was being assessed for an injury.

"I don't think the result is in any way indicative of the way the game went", Keefe said.

Following the game, Maple Leafs' head coach Sheldon Keefe confirmed that Andersen went through concussion protocol. "We're just not playing at our best". Andersen was slow to get up, but remained there for the remaining minute and 36 seconds of the period.

Andersen has once again been Toronto's backbone this season with a 24-9-6 record, .910 save percentage and 2.87 goals-against average.

Only time will tell if Campbell can solve some of the goaltending trouble the Leafs now find themselves in. He was followed minutes later and an upper body injury was ruled out.

This is an issue that the Maple Leafs have dealt with in past campaigns as well - the ability to close out contests. The Maple Leafs loss to the Panthers snapped a three-game winning streak, last defeating the Ottawa Senators as the Dallas Stars and the Nashville Predators.

Alarmingly, Campbell will become the 23rd stopper to suit up for the Leafs since they last won a Stanley Cup playoff series, with Hall-of-Famer Ed Belfour, on April. 20, 2004 - an opening-round, Game 7 victory over Ottawa at the Air Canada Centre.

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That said, the Panthers seem to be one of the more resilient teams in the National Hockey League this season and Monday was a flawless example of that.

"We didn't play up to where we should have in the first two periods", said Panthers' forward Mark Pysyk according to the NHL.com article.

"We are not going to comment". We didn't do much that period, so we wanted to come out firing. We just didn't have anything after that. It's a huge win. "We want to lock the game down and suck the life out of them". Shesterkin made a great first save on a shot by Nylander, but Tavares was left all alone on the ice to notch in the rebound for his 20th goal of the season.

As for Pysyk, he was a big part of the Panthers offence on Monday, scoring three of the team's five goals.

"Their first goal was bang-bang, we'll give them that (by Mika Zibanejad after Chris Kreider schooled Matthews on the draw), but the second one, to not be alive and ready off the draw, that's just making life hard on the goalie".

In three seasons with the OHL's Barrie Colts, from 2007 to 2010, Clifford had 45 goals and 55 assists for 100 points in 184 regular-season games. The 25-year-old has been sidelined since the middle of January and will be re-evaluated next week. Matthews scored his 37th as he looks ahead to 50.

"They didn't bring me in to outpace Auston Matthews in goals", Clifford joked.

While it was good on the offensive side of the puck, the talented roster the Maple Leafs have on paper continued to struggle defensively giving up five goals and nullifying the fact that they put in three of their own.

  • Lawrence Cooper