But when asked whether Andersen belongs in the conversation about
"I would love just to hear his name mentioned," Boudreau said of the 6-foot-4, 230-pound backup, who won all three of those starts for the Pacific-Division leaders while
The ones that jumped to Boudreau's mind are Colorado's Nathan MacKinnon (23 goals, 35 assists) and Ondrej Palat (34 assists), Tampa Bay's Tyler Johnson (23 goals), and Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm.
"But to say Martin Jones over Freddie," Boudreau said of the
While Jones was mentioned as a top rookie by
"Coaches look for consistency in a goaltender. Freddie's given it to us," Boudreau said.
The coach said he wants Hiller rested and at his best when the playoffs begin in less than two weeks, so he went to Andersen again after wins over Vancouver and Winnipeg. The Denmark product made 30 saves in the 3-2 triumph over Edmonton.
Andersen, 24, says the chance "to get in a rhythm and be able to contribute has been awesome.
"You focus on one at a time, and you know every save could be a game-changer … it's been proved the last two games," he said of the Ducks' comeback victories.
"They'll take care of the rest. It's your winning instinct, the mentality, the pride that you don't want to lose or quit."
Andersen said he realizes MacKinnon might have the Calder Trophy for top rookie wrapped up, but to anyone that's mentioning the Ducks goalie, "Thanks for thinking that," he said.
Getting in line
Boudreau said earlier in the season he wanted to solidify his offensive lines and defensive pairs as the playoffs neared, but the team's depth hasn't forced that move.
Wednesday, he started
"When things aren't working right, find somebody who is working and insert them in that position," Boudreau said. "The last two games, we've moved lines around and those things have done well."
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