Maple Leafs host Bruins for Game 3

Ross Houston
April 17, 2018

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.

Babcock is nothing if not stubborn. He promoted Plekanec to second-line centre, Nazem Kadri's job before he was suspended for three games due to a massive brain cramp. It was a big statement game from the Leafs, who were able to get a consistent offensive attack going against Boston for the first time in the series. Boston's top line of Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, and David Pastrnak have looked unstoppable. Seeing your guys go into the playoffs, you just have to reset, " he said.

"At this time of the year, we've talked a lot about this in our room, it's great to have skill but without will, nothing happens".

The Leafs will have the final change in the games in Toronto, and they would seem to have a better chance of finding those openings at home.

It was a monumental performance for the 21-year-old, who becomes the youngest player in National Hockey League history to record six points in a playoff game, surpassing Wayne Gretzky's record by four months.

But the Maple Leafs finally had an answer on this night as the Bruins' trio failed to find the range.

The Matthews line was much better and kept the Bruins on the defensive in the early going and then hit its stride in the second period.

Toronto goaltender Frederik Andersen makes a diving stop on Boston's David Pastrnak on Monday.

The Bruins had some great chances to tie the game late in the 3rd period.

However, the puck touched the glass before entering the crowd, which would negate the minor penalty, and the four officials missed making the right call, sending Nash to the box at 16:58 of the first period. Kasperi Kapanen nearly got the lead back for the Leafs with a shot that beat Rask but rang off iron. But Andersen committed the cardinal sin for goalies - he let in another softie after his teammates worked mightily to get the lead back.

The Colorado Avalanche return home after dropping the first two games of their series with the Presidents' Trophy-winning Nashville Predators on the road.

Next to nothing has gone right for the Maple Leafs.

While the Bruins snipers didn't connect, they certainly had their chances, most notably with an 18-7 edge in shots on goal in the third. The goal came seven seconds into a power play, but the circumstances behind that power play were controversial.

Andersen redeemed himself in the first minute of the third period when the Leafs took their first penalty. David Backes and David Krejci accounted for two of the three power-play goals in the opener and in Game 2 left winger Jake DeBrusk put the B's up 2-0 at 9:46 of the first period. Had it not been for goals from Adam McQuaid and Zdeno Chara - the two goal scorers we all expected to step up and lead the charge in this game, I'm sure - 3-0 would have felt like 6-0 after 40 minutes of action.

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