Boston's first line neutralized by...
The Colorado Avalanche return home after dropping the first two games of their series with the Presidents' Trophy-winning Nashville Predators on the road. With the exception of the Kings, those that returned home in a series deficit responded with a resounding, confidence-lifting Game 3 win.
Next to nothing has gone right for the Maple Leafs.
With the game tied at 2 late in the second period, Maple Leafs star Auston Matthews took a pass from William Nylander just inside the face-off circle and fired it top-shelf past Tuukka Rask to give Toronto a 3-2 lead heading into the third. Some of it is when you're pressing, but still, at the end of the day yeah, they can be better.
It was the right scorer converting at the ideal moment for the Leafs. Great setup by Mitch. 2-1.
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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With the Bruins' net empty and Toronto clinging to a 4-2 lead, the puck found Pastnrak in prime area - as it has so much in this series - before the postseason's leading scoring let one rip but was foiled by the paddle of the sprawling Andersen's twig. The Bruins can't afford to lose one of their defensemen.
Nash has been out since March 31 after being struck in the ear by a slap shot. Holden had a goal and five points in 18 regular-season games with the Bruins.
At the same time, it just wasn't the Bruins' night! His reaction to struggling in Boston also was not what you'd want to hear from a leader and a great player.
Like they had throughout the first two games of the series, the Bruins seem to have an answer for everything again Monday.
Cassidy spoke to the officials at the beginning of the second period and wanted to know who of the four (two referees, two linesmen) chose to give Nash the two-minute penalty. McAvoy was a +1 with five blocked shots in a team-high 26:21 of ice time, and got in the dirty areas while mixing it up after the whistle on several occasions.
James Van Riemsdyk, Leafs Forward says, "We're upbeat".
Matt Grzelcyk looks "doubtful" for this game, meaning Nick Holden will likely slide in on a third pairing with Adam McQuaid. Miller also had two giveaways, and the duo was on the ice for both of Marleau's 2-on-1 goals. Boston has been utilizing their top two pairings for the majority of shifts in the playoffs so far, so they will need a more consistent effort from all four players in Game 4. "I think that's what we kind of got away from the first two games". After an up-and-down start to the season, he was the most productive Maple Leaf in the second half of the year, netting 49 points in his final 48 games. Each of those four had their moments in Game 3 after largely being suppressed back in Beantown.
"We were a foot away from him with a stick and he jams one underneath the bar on the short side with an all-world shot", Cassidy said. They were dominating the Toronto Maple Leafs, but that all changed on Monday night.