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Maple Leafs host Bruins for Game 3

17 April 2018

The Leafs managed to climb back into their series against the Bruins with a win in Toronto. They're on (Saturday night).

The series will move to Toronto for the next two games with the reeling Maple Leafs left to try to regain their confidence for Game 3 on Monday night at the Air Canada Centre.

The Predators are trying to go up 3-0 against the pesky Avs, as the Ducks try to avoid falling into a 3-0 deficit in the Battle of California. They will be tasked with matching up against Boston's high-scoring trio of Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak.

With the series shifting to Air Canada Centre, a push from the Leafs was expected early and the hosts did have it early on. Meanwhile, Frederik Andersen has allowed eight goals on 45 shots before pulled in Game 2.

Next to nothing has gone right for the Maple Leafs.

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 one bit of encouraging news for the Maple Leafs is they could look towards the series between the Minnesota Wild and Winnipeg Jets for inspiration.

On replay, the puck can clearly be seen banking off the glass before sailing into the seats, which should have negated the penalty.

The Bruins' power play - a ridiculous 5 for 10 in the series coming into Monday - got its first opportunity early in the third, but Pastrnak hit the post off a feed from Rick Nash. Look for Colorado's speed to make the difference as the Avs win a game and avoid the sweep. What was impressive about the first Leafs goal - JVR got inside position at the crease on gangly giant Zdeno Chara, and into an area you could call his office.

Absent from the final five games of the regular season and first two postseason contests due to an ear laceration that also came with some concussion-like symptoms, Nash will return to a third line featuring Danton Heinen and David Backes on the wings. Tyler Bozak took a power play shot on Tuukka Rask, and van Riemsdyk jammed the puck past Rask for the score.

Notes: The Bruins donated $200,000 to the Humboldt Broncos relief efforts, the money from a luxury suite auction and the team's share of the 50/50 raffle at Game 1 of the series. One reporter who didn't get home in time, Toronto Sun longtime hockey writer, Lance Hornby ...

Nash had 15 goals and 26 assists this year. Nikita Zaitsev, who has struggled so much of the season, may have saved his best game for the most important game of the season.

The Leafs finally sealed it with 3:35 left when Marleau scored his second of night on a 2-on-1 rush, firing a shot past Rask for the 70th playoff goal of the veteran winger's career. Matthews led all forwards with five shots on goal ...

Toronto got the power play because B's defenseman Kevan Miller was penalized for delay of game.

Maple Leafs host Bruins for Game 3