Twitter irate after Mike Babcock pulls Frederik Andersen at terrible time

Stan Temming

If watching Brad Marchand fire the puck into an empty net seconds after pulling goaltender Frederik Andersen for an extra attacker late in the third period of Game 6 wasn’t enough, fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs took to Twitter to lambast Mike Babcock for the decision.

With his side down 3-2, Toronto’s head coach summoned Andersen to the bench for a sixth skater with just over two minutes remaining in the frame. At the time, the Maple Leafs were in the process of breaking into the Bruins’ defensive zone and attempting to get themselves set up for the game’s potential tying marker.

Moments later, the puck was on Marchand’s stick in the neutral zone and he fired it into the unguarded cage to secure the 4-2 victory for Boston.

Shockingly, those who watched the sequence unfold had some thoughts about the timing of the decision.

And it wasn’t just former NHLers who became radio personalities that were left scratching their heads and slamming their hands on keyboards.

There’s no doubt that plenty will be riding on Tuesday’s Game 7 in Boston.

Thankfully for Babcock, Twitter will not decide whether or not he will be keeping his job beyond this season. However, when you’re in the midst of an eight-year, $50 million contract, you have to expect to be under the microscope at all times.

(Photo by Kevin Sousa/NHLI via Getty Images)
(Photo by Kevin Sousa/NHLI via Getty Images)

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