Leafs' Andersen at his best when busiest

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Maple Leafs netminder Frederik Andersen has been Toronto's best player over the past month or so, and that says a lot considering he's on a team with Auston Matthews.

Andersen was named one of the three stars of the month after posting a 9-2-1 record with a 2.14 goals-against average and .938 save percentage in November, and his strong play's continued into December, though the Leafs haven't always been at their best in front of him.

He stopped 47 of 48 shots in Toronto's 2-1 shootout win over the Calgary Flames, moving into the league lead in wins that took 40 or more saves with four victories this season, according to NHL Public Relations.

The win also bumped his career record in games where he made at least 40 saves to 10-2-2.

It may not be all that uncommon for a goaltender to find their comfort zone with more work, but Andersen's proving that he is capable of stealing a victory even when the rest of his team doesn't necessarily bring its A game.