3 takeaways from the Bruins’ Game 3 loss to the Maple Leafs

Apr 24, 2018
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“Got the win, now we have to look for it the next game”.

As the teams regroup with an extra day off before Game 4 on Thursday, you can expect the adjustments to go beyond personnel matchups.

Marleau’s second tally came with 3:35 remaining in the game, finishing off a 2-on-1 chance with Tomas Plekanec by lifting a puck past Rask glove-side.

“We let them hang around a bit”, Predators center Nick Bonino said, per Adam Vignan of the USAToday Network. You win (Game 4), you’re in the best-of-three. With the win, the Maple Leafs still trail the Bruins 2-1 in the best out of seven series. MLSE is charging people they’ve identified as professional scalpers an added premium of 30 per cent to renew season tickets for next year, instead of cancelling them to ensure the high-demand tickets wind up in the hands of regular fans.

“I thought (Plekanec) was outstanding”. “You have to make sure you stick with it”.

But we’re seeing a different Mitch Marner this spring, one that is not afraid to assert himself or to try things with his abundant skill. However, he suddenly turned on the switch, as the series moved to Toronto for Game 3. The Leafs have allowed five power-play goals against on 10 opportunities while Boston killed off six straight penalties before giving up a goal on the man advantage late in Game 2 when the score was already out of reach. He stole that game for Toronto.

Coming out of the gate just peppering the 31-year-old Rask, doubling up the Bruins in first-period scoring chances, it was on a James van Riemsdyk power-play goal scored right in Rask’s kitchen that the Leafs captured their first lead of the series, scored 17:05 into the first period.

With only two National Basketball Association games on the docket for Monday night and a lack of enticing Major League Baseball lines, we’re headed to the ice to dominate a questionable line.

BC-HKN-Bruins-Maple Leafs, 1st Ld-Writethru, 894 Matthews, Marleau lead Maple Leafs past Bruins 4-2 in Game 3AP Photo DPI537, DPI535, NSD112, DPI531, DPI530, DPI529, DPI526, DPI522, DPI523, DPI524, DPI521, NSD108, NSD110, NSD106, DPI519, DPI518Eds: Maple Leafs 4, Bruins 2.

In total, Pastrnak and his line mates have wracked up 20 points, the Leafs top line only has 2 points.

Andersen made 42 saves to keep Toronto in the series, including 18 third-period saves, some that were absolutely ridiculous. Toronto’s top line has been cold and shown no pushback, with Auston Matthews still searching for his first point. I think we just had better details, we knew this was kind of a do-or-die game for us.

Toronto was reeling in the wake of 5-1 and 7-3 losses on the road, but got back to using its speed at home. “They’re playing against real players and they’re young guys, so you have to go through some of these slappings in your life to learn how to play and do things right”. Speedy winger Jakub Vrana, a surprise scratch for Washington on Sunday, goes back in for Burakovsky. Babcock is a brilliant coach who should get the best effort out of his team. You still want to be in a better situation, be in the driver’s seat. “Whoever puts on our sweater is good enough”. To me we have a game at home, that’s all that really matters.

With 7:34 elapsed in the third period, Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly worked over Pastrnak twice skating down the left wall.

“We get a guy suspended for making a hockey play, and he butt-ends one of the best players in the world in the face”, Stevens said.

Toronto Maple Leafs centre Leo Komarov defends against Florida Panthers centre Denis Malgin during third period NHL action in Toronto on Tuesday

 

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