Bruins Fall to Maple Leafs 4-2 in Game 3

Grant SmithApr 17, 2018

"It's tough, it is frustrating", said Marchand, who was held pointless in Game 3 after producing six points in the first two games at TD Garden.

Toronto's defense has been sliced and diced, and its penalty kill has been embarrassed by the ferocity and efficiency of the Boston attack.

The Maple Leafs also somewhat stopped their self-sabotaging ways in the defensive zone, and came through with their series-best 19 blocked shots against the Bruins. During Game 2 of the first-round series with the Los Angeles Kings, Gretzky was a man on a mission and an absolute set-up machine.

The Boston power play - which went 5 for 10 in the first two games - got its first opportunity early in the third, but Pastrnak hit the post off a feed from Rick Nash.

Odds are this was never going to be a one-superstar series for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

"Matthews was fiery after Saturday's blowout, responding to a question about how Boston's top line of David Pastrnak, Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron could have an astounding 20 points in two games compared to his trio's goose egg with: "(expletive) happens". The good news is the story isn't totally written yet. "We knew we didn't have our best in Boston, and that had to change tonight". They need to score and score often, and it'll be up to their top-six forwards, most notably Matthews, to get the job done.

Frederik Andersen made 40 saves for the Leafs, who will look to even the Eastern Conference quarterfinal Thursday in Game 4.

Marleau had a pair of goals in Toronto's 4-2 win over Boston. Down 2-0 early, Giroux registered a shorthanded assist to bring Philadelphia close, but he really began to take over early in the second.

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But the Bruins, who rode a hot power play to the advantage in the opening two games, weren't too pleased with the lone minor they received on the night.

Toronto was reeling in the wake of 5-1 and 7-3 losses, but got back to using its speed on home ice. The Avs were pushing hard at the finish of Game 2 before dropping a 5-4 decision. "We're going to be great". In the second, he fired home two more goals, one coming while shorthanded.

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

"Certainly not the difference in the game, but you don't want to play from behind", said Cassidy.

"I've been so impressed with him since Day 1 that I got here", said Plekanec, who was acquired on February 26 at the trade deadline.

Nashville is capable of winning on the road, and stars like Filip Forsberg, Roman Josi, Viktor Arvidsson and P.K. Subban can take over any game.

Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock had a brief answer when asked Sunday what needed to be done against the Bruins' top line. Through two games it's felt as if Boston is not only the team strong defensively but also the team featuring the high-powered offense as well.

Make no mistake, Pastrnak's game was, from a statistical perspective, one of the very best the National Hockey League has seen since the National Hockey League began keeping detailed game-by-game scoring logs 30 years ago. "He was buzzing all over the ice, controlling the play when he was out there, making good plays and expending possessions for us", said Leafs left winger James van Riemsdyk. That wasn't supposed to be an issue, given their experience in last spring's playoff series against Washington, which was a career first for most of the Leafs' young guns.

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