Riley Nash expected back in Bruins lineup Monday

Carrie Guzman
April 17, 2018

"They capitalized, doesn't mean that because you disagree with the call that it's gonna result in a goal", said Cassidy. And if they didn't... well, we've already established what that would have made them.

Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock said Komarov would be considered a game-time decision for Game 4 on Thursday night.

The move from the Montreal Canadiens to the Maple Leafs has not been an easy one for Plekanec. Both teams exchanged chances but the Maple Leafs were able to come out of the period with the lead once again. The B's need to return to Boston with the series lead. Morgan Rielly also rebounded.

Over 17 games with the Maple Leafs this season, Plekanec, 35, has two assists and a minus-2 rating. This, of course, compared to Matthews seeing Bergeron for a combined 12:49 of his 27:32 in Games 1 and 2 in Boston made an obvious difference.

Odds are this was never going to be a one-superstar series for the Toronto Maple Leafs. The 28-year-old had his best game of the series, making 40 saves and was rock steady all night. The Leafs, for what it's worth, are the best among that group (Wild, Devils, Avs).

When the Maple Leafs tried to run the Bruins out of the building in the first period (they doubled the Bruins up in scoring chances and had Boston just swimming in their own zone), Rask was there for some big stops.

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The speed was most noticeable in the neutral zone and the skill most particularly on Matthews' game victor in the second period. They got two goals from Patrick Marleau, one from Auston Matthews and one from James van Riemsdyk.

And hammering Leafs netminder Frederik Andersen for 42 shots in the losing effort, the Bruins did everything but tie this game up when it mattered most. "I don't know (how) much I could delve into every (strategy) because we have played against so many teams. We aren't just, you know, playing against them for four games during the regular season", said Bergeron.

Boston's game plan from the opening faceoff of Game 1 has been clear, hit everything wearing a Maple Leaf and fire the puck on net from anywhere. They should anticipate the stretch passes and long-bomb connections from a mile away, in essence.

Matt Grzelcyk looks "doubtful" for this game, meaning Nick Holden will likely slide in on a third pairing with Adam McQuaid. The Bruins were rattling shots off the post and it seemed like the net was on lockdown. "I didn't think it was". He finished the game with the save of the year on David Pastrnak. You have to be sure it goes out to make that call.

Before the series began it was expected to be a battle between a strong defensive team in the Bruins and a high-powered offensive team in Toronto.

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