Bruins go for 3-0 lead vs. Maple Leafs


"We let them hang around a bit", Predators center Nick Bonino said, per Adam Vignan of the USAToday Network.

Partly because it had a hand in saving the Toronto Maple Leafs' season with a goal that stood as the eventual victor in Game 3 and helped cut his team's deficit in the series to 2-1. The Leafs have to find a way to blunt the Boston attack and find a way to get to Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask.

That was a delay of game/puck over the glass penalty late in the first that led to a James van Riemsdyk power-play goal.

Tyler Bozak beat PatriceBergeron on the ensuing draw, pulling it back to Morgan Rielly.

The highlight was Auston Matthews, the 2016 No. 1 overall draft pick who scored 76 goals in his first two pro seasons, finally lighting the lamp for the first time in the series.

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Marleau had a pair of goals in Toronto's 4-2 win over Boston.

"He's going to skate tomorrow, and then will skate the following day and be a game-time decision (for Game 4)", said Babcock. Take a look around the league and you'll see similar results across the board. The Leafs, for what it's worth, are the best among that group (Wild, Devils, Avs).

With Komarov absent from Monday's gameday skate, fourth-line centre Tomas Plekanec moved up to the second line in between Patrick Marleau and Mitchell Marner while Dominic Moore moved into the lineup in Plekanec's former spot.

When the Maple Leafs tried to run the Bruins out of the building in the first period (they doubled the Bruins up in scoring chances and had Boston just swimming in their own zone), Rask was there for some big stops. He left in the second period with his injury.

Pastrnak would have another opportunity in the final two minutes, however, Anderson would make a diving stick save to preserve Toronto's two-goal lead.

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Knowing what we do about the character and makeup of this team, that all seems unlikely to repeat. But there's no way to dance around what happened this past Saturday; the Bruins weathered an early Toronto storm, lit Frederik Andersen up for four goals, and simply hung back for the final 40 minutes of a 7-3 victory.

Plekanec, who has registered just two assists in 19 games (including playoffs) with the Leafs, will line up between Mitch Marner and Patrick Marleau on Toronto's top checking line.

Boston's game plan from the opening faceoff of Game 1 has been clear, hit everything wearing a Maple Leaf and fire the puck on net from anywhere. They should anticipate the stretch passes and long-bomb connections from a mile away, in essence. After a bad Toronto turnover, Danton Heinen had a shot all alone from the inside of the left circle but he hit the post. I think you're kinda innocent until proven guilty.

No group embodied this more than the Bergeron, Brad Marchand, David Pastrnak trio. "You know what people are saying", Babcock said, later qualifying that his comments were made with a measure of speculation. Boston has been so dominant offensively, only five Bruins who played in the first two games have failed to register a point. In fact, they still controlled the pace of play, and found their offensive chances, even with a turtleneck draped on them.

You knew that the Leafs would bring their biggest and strongest efforts to Game 3, as they were thoroughly embarrassed in Boston.

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Especially now that they have something to prove.