Leafs’ Frederik Andersen returns, holds off pressing Predators

It sometimes takes Maple Leafs fans at the Air Canada Centre some convincing to get loud.

They didn’t need it Wednesday night the way Frederik Andersen played.

They were chanting “Fred-Dee, Fred-Dee” through a second period when Andersen was at his magical, goal-stealing best and again with a minute to go on a game-saving pad save on a Ryan Johansen wraparound attempt.

Andersen’s 44-save performance was a big reason why the Leafs beat the Nashville Predators 3-2 Wednesday night on James van Riemsdyk’s shootout winner. The goaltender stopped six of seven Predators in the shootout session, including Viktor Arvidsson to end the night.

“He was great,” van Riemsdyk said. “He made a ton of huge saves for us. It’s always nice to hear your name chanted by the fans like that. He played a great game for us and gave us a chance to win.”