The main reason for the Toronto comeback and perhaps their only hope for victory is goaltender Frederik Andersen, who made 32 saves in a 3-1 victory on Monday and drew loud chants of "Freddy, Freddy" from the 19,604 fans at Air Canada Centre for nearly single-handedly keeping the club in the game.
At that point, the Leafs could still say they responded when the Bruins tested them with the first goal, but once again the Bruins took control.
Washington won four straight games after going down 2-0 at home with both games decided in overtime. And it electrified an ACC crowd that was dying to see the Blue and White stake out their first lead of the night.
The season-long goalie-interference controversy came to call at 3:04 when Matthews bulled his way around the net, with Bruins defenceman Charlie McAvoy all over him, and threw the puck in front. Prior to his acquisition in June 2016, Andersen started in a pair of deciding games for the Anaheim Ducks: a 5-3 loss to Chicago in the 2015 Western Conference Final and a 2-1 loss to Nashville in 2016.
But Smith-Pelly increased the Capitals lead again 91 seconds later when he broke away and lifted a shot over Bobrovskys glove.
After totaling 30 goals and 33 assists during the season, Bergeron had five assists in the first three games of this series. Columbus switched up its bottom three lines under Panarin-Dubois-Atkinson, moving Calvert who has had three goals in the series up from the third to the second. Ovechkin had five goals in the playoff series.
Frederik Andersen made 32 saves Monday as the Leafs defeated the Boston Bruins 3-1 to tie their first-round playoff series 3-3 and force Game 7. Winger Mitch Marner has been one of the most productive Leafs for most of the regular season, and the National Hockey League sophomore scored one of the most important goals of his burgeoning career at 13:25 of the second when he spun around with a backhand shot in the Bruins zone and beat Rask for his second goal of the post-season and a 2-1 Leafs lead.
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"That's the way it is, it's all about one game", said Bruins captain Zdeno Chara.
Game 7 goes Wednesday night in Boston. Ten people were killed and 15 others were injured on Monday afternoon after a van driver plowed into pedestrians along Yonge Street in the North York area of Toronto.
With the goal being turned over seemingly deflating Toronto, it appeared Boston might ride much of the momentum for the rest of the second period, until Mitchell Marner found a loose puck in the slot and spun to his backhand to flick it past Rask. Zach Hymen beat Tuukka Rask minutes later but the play was overturned on a coaches challenge from Cassidy that showed Hyman's left leg taking Rask's stick out of the play.
The Leafs vowed to take fewer penalties in this game, and their word was good until the last 10 seconds of the second period, when Nazem Kadri took a slashing penalty.
Toronto killed off its first penalty early in the third, and was then left fuming when David Backes elbowed Andersen in the mask, but was only assessed an offsetting roughing minor when Roman Polak came to his goalie's defence.
Rask then robbed Nylander off a great feed from Matthews. Tomas Plekanec added an empty-netter in the third period.
Marchand came close when his shot off another turnover struck the inside of Andersen's pad and bounced out the other side. They survived that one and then did a nice job killing a Bruins power play late in the third period, helped by a couple of great saves by Andersen.
The Leafs fell behind the Bruins 3-1 the last time the clubs met in the playoffs in 2013 before tying the series.