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.
Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy says National Hockey League officials can't be making penalty calls based on a hunch. Nazem Kadri still has two games to serve on his suspension for boarding Tommy Wingels in Game 1.
This was a huge win for the Leafs and was a huge step forward for them to bounce back in the series. "We aren't just, you know, playing against them for four games during the regular season", said Bergeron.
"Them" would refer loosely to the Leafs youthful skill brigade of Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, William Nylander and Kasperi Kapanen.
And tonight's Game 3 meeting in Toronto will either confirm or dispel such a notion. 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. "I don't know (how) much I could delve into every (strategy) because we have played against so many teams". "You've got to give them credit".
The Leafs came out hard with some jump early in the first period. Nikita Kucherov added two assists, and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 36 saves in the game that had a major scrum with 23 seconds to go. The Bruins won the first two games in Boston.More news: Russian Federation says Syria chemical attack is a 'fabrication'
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But on Monday they were held off the scoresheet, even though they had their chances.
"I don't know how many other guys can shoot a puck like that", Marner said.
"It happens in your life". Toronto finished third in goals scored and second in power-play percentage.
Pastrnak had six points (3 goals, 3 assists) in the Bruins game two win. "We've got to find ways to create a little more". "He was really good for us". Komarov is also the player Brad Marchand made a decision to kiss in Game 1. He played the best game since he's been here.
The Leafs eventually broke the ice with a power play goal from James Van Riemsdyk after a missed delay of game call on Bruins forward Riley Nash. Cassidy was adamant that the puck glanced off of the glass first before leaving the rink and shouldn't have been called. When a referee makes a call you kind of live with it because it's decisive. That kinda spam-posting gets you banned if you're online, and is considered just plain unlucky if you're wearing knife-shoes.
Maple Leafs Square next to the ACC is closed because of the weather. Not only did he score, he also went 6-for-9 on faceoffs and tallied five shots on goal. 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.
The third- period was very fast paced with very few whistles.