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Frederik Andersen pulled from Olympic qualifying game

Maple Leafs, Team Europe goalie for World Cup removed after collision with teammate @NHL

Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen was removed from a qualifying game for the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics while playing for Denmark against Slovenia at Minsk Arena in Minsk, Belarus, on Friday.

Andersen, 26, left with 4:21 remaining in the third period. After skating out of his crease to play a puck, he was hit by teammate Oliver Bjorkstrand.

It is not known if Andersen was injured on the play of if he left as a precaution. The Toronto Sun reported Andersen sustained an upper-body injury and will return to Toronto to be examined by Maple Leafs doctors.

Denmark lost the game 3-0.

Andersen is set to play for Team Europe at the World Cup of Hockey 2016, which runs from Sept. 17 to Oct. 1 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto. Team Europe opens training camp for the tournament Monday at Videotron Centre in Quebec City, Quebec.

Last season Andersen went 22-9-4 with a 2.30 goals-against average and a .919 save percentage with the Anaheim Ducks. He was acquired by the Maple Leafs in a trade June 20.

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