Maple Leafs return home to regroup against Bruins

Paola Ditto
Aprile 17, 2018

Containing the Bergeron line will be the focus of the Leafs and veteran coach Mike Babcock as the scene shifts for Game 3 to the Air Canada Centre tonight.

After getting outscored 12-4 in the first 2 games of the playoffs, the Leafs players and fans are hoping some home cooking is enough to get them back in the series.

Auston Matthews finally got going and scored what would be the game-winner late in the second period while the Bruins' top line, so explosive in the first two games, was held off the scoresheet. Nazem Kadri still has two games to serve on his suspension for boarding Tommy Wingels in Game 1.

The 31-year-old played on the top line in Game 1, but was bumped down to the fourth in the second period after going down 4-0.

Boston will push hard and this should be a back-and-forth game, but look for the Leafs to pull out a key victory. The goal came seven seconds after Riley Nash was called for a delay of game penalty for flipping the puck into the stands from his own defensive zone.

The Leafs, as expected, came out flying with tons of speed and physicality. One reporter who didn't get home in time, Toronto Sun longtime hockey writer, Lance Hornby ...

Then, with 3:28 left in the period, he stoned Kasperi Kapanen on a breakaway after Kapanen had gotten behind Nick Holden, in the lineup for an injured Matt Grzelcyk.

The Bruins and Leafs resume their series Thursday at 7 p.m. ET in Toronto. But on the replay it looked like the puck hit the glass and then went out of play.

Tyler Bozak beat PatriceBergeron on the ensuing draw, pulling it back to Morgan Rielly. Despite another early surge for the Leafs in the third period, it was Pastrnak who scored the first goal of the period and his second of the game. "Per a report from TSN's Mark Masters, he missed the Toronto Maple Leafs" morning skate this morning.

Next to nothing has gone right for the Maple Leafs. But Toronto would regain the lead on a counterattack.

Toronto led 1-0 after the first, but Boston tied things at 3:06 of the second when McQuaid's shot from the point squeezed under Andersen's pad and dribbled in. Chara's goal, which was his first of the postseason, caromed off of Andersen's mask before finding the back of the net.

Auston Matthews is the Maple Leafs' best offensive player, and he must find a way to break free from the coverage provided by Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara.

Center Patrice Bergeron and wingers Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak accounted for 14 points in the Bruins' 7-3 win over Toronto on Saturday night at the Garden.

And when the Bruins forward completed the hat trick, faking out a second goalie with a forehand deke before sliding the puck between his legs, it was just one more chance for the Boston fans to celebrate his playoff coming-out party.

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