Some nights you have it, some you don’t. Last night in Toronto, the Bruins definitely didn’t have it. The Leafs proved that they won’t go down easily and Babcock made some adjustments, like moving Tomas Plekanec up to the second line, that seemed to neutralize the Bruins.
Toronto has a game plan and it involves speed and controlling the puck. Boston was pinned in their own zone far too much in this period. By the end of the period, it looked like they had started to turn the tide.
The refs didn’t seem to want to call much, ignoring William Nylander holding and coming away with a Bruins player’s stick and Toronto icing too many men. In each game, the Leafs have had done this being called for penalties at least once each of the first two games. Apparently, the refs only recognize that penalty in Boston.
Nothing to see here. pic.twitter.com/7FWMTCrt25
— Rear Admiral (@RearAdBsBlog) April 16, 2018
Near the end of the period, just shy of an elapsed seventeen minutes, Riley Nash tried to dish the puck off the boards and ended up with a Delay of Game penalty even though it was clear that the puck was deflected off the glass
The “over the glass” penalty that led to the Leafs power play goal pic.twitter.com/5UbxiJ6twh
— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) April 16, 2018
James van Riemsdyk scored the sole goal of the period seven seconds into the power play.
— NHL (@NHL) April 16, 2018
The best part of this opening frame was Tuukka Rask making the athletic, acrobatic, and limber saves for which some fans hardly ever give him credit.
— Marina Molnar (@mkmolnar) April 16, 2018
I would love to show you the one save on the Kasperi Kapenen breakaway but I could not find it in gif form.
The Bruins showed signs of life and fight in the second. The newly reunited fourth line, aka the SKA line of Schaller-Kuraly-Acciari, did a good job of moving the puck around in the zone early, takin some shots and keeping the puck in. However, they needed a big gun to help them out. At 3:06, noted goal scorer Adam McQuaid tied up the game.
Adam McQuaid scores to tie Game 3 at 1-1 pic.twitter.com/5uVf6Xdo68
— Jeff Veillette (@JeffVeillette) April 17, 2018
Less than a minute later, Toronto’s old man, Patrick Marleau, scored the go-ahead goal.
Zdeno Chara scored his first goal of these playoffs a few minutes later.
— Marina Molnar (@mkmolnar) April 17, 2018
But we can’t have nice things, at least not for long. Auston Matthews scored his first of the playoffs. The Leafs took a 3-2 lead into the break.
Twenty-six seconds into the period, Brad Marchand is hooked by Patrick Marleau. During the resulting power play, Toronto winger Andreas Johnsson crumbled to the ice and ultimately needed to have a play stoppage to et off the ice. The officials decided to stop play in the offensive zone of the Bruins. They never found their rhythm again after this. Every shift the Bruins looked gassed. They still peppered shots on Frederick Andersen to no avail. Marleau finally sealed the deal for the Bruins with a fourth Leafs goal and a second for him on the night.
Adam McQuaid took a puck to the head area. He was checked on the ice by Don Del Negro, went to the bench and eventually to the room. Hopefully, it’s nothing too serious.
The Leafs won’t o down without a fight. Let’s hope that the B’s find a way to take the next game on Thursday in Toronto.