Leafs forward Leo Komarov to miss Game 3 against Boston

Leafs forward Leo Komarov to miss Game 3 against Boston

The B's outshot the Maple Leafs 42-30.

After dropping the first two games of their series against the Bruins in Boston, the Maple Leafs got a big break in their first period back in Toronto.

"They have some quick-strike plays and they were able to capitalize on it", Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said.

Kadri got a three-game suspension for the hit on Wingels.

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.

It's true. But to do this thing they're trying to do against the Bruins, to find a way to come back against such a formidable opponent when you already had one skate in the grave, an awakening by the franchise player might not be enough on its own.

"Them" would refer loosely to the Leafs youthful skill brigade of Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, William Nylander and Kasperi Kapanen.

Game 3 in Toronto was a far different story.

The second period opened as a slightly slower version of the first until Adam McQuaid scored on a point shot that squeaked under Freddy Anderson's pad. It was the type of goal that has defined Matthews in his young career with a nose for the net and a quick release in traffic. Their regular-season win total (a franchise-best) alone should have told you that they were going to show up at some point in this series. "I think it's getting a couple bangs early or getting hit". It was the first time in the series the Leafs scored first. Nikita Kucherov added two assists, and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 36 saves in the game that had a major scrum with 23 seconds to go.

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Later in the second, Zdeno Chara tied the game at two with a lovely top shelf goal you'd expect to see from one of the Bruins' top line players. In fact, they still controlled the pace of play, and found their offensive chances, even with a turtleneck draped on them.

"The atmosphere will help, the guys around me doing a tremendous job, that will help", Nash said.

"It happens in your life".

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.

Game 3 was the blueprint for the Leafs, and now the Bruins have two days to prepare a solution ahead of Thursday's Game 4. They get the matchups and the best (defensive) pairs. "In the playoffs, the intensity increases, so that's what we got". "He was really good for us".

OUT OF THE BOX For the most part, referees Brad Meier and Ian Walsh had their whistles tucked away calling just two penalties until a late-game tussle/stick swinging incident between Marchand and the Leafs' Morgan Rielly. He played the best game since he's been here.

James Van Riemsdyk, Leafs Forward says, "We're upbeat". Cassidy was adamant that the puck glanced off of the glass first before leaving the rink and shouldn't have been called.

"If you're going to come together (to discuss the call) be sure on it and get the right call", Cassidy said. 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. Not only did he score, he also went 6-for-9 on faceoffs and tallied five shots on goal.

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