Riley Nash expected to return to Bruins lineup for Game 3


Ema Matthews, who you may remember famously cried tears of joy during Auston's historic four-goal National Hockey League debut against the Ottawa Senators in October of 2016, was shown after her son's big goal broke a 2-2 tie during Game 3 of the Eastern Conference First Round series against the Boston Bruins.

James van Riemsdyk also scored and Mitch Marner and Morgan Rielly added two assists each ti help Toronto pull to 2-1 in the best-of-seven set.

Toronto's defense has been sliced and diced, and its penalty kill has been embarrassed by the ferocity and efficiency of the Boston attack.

A few seconds later, Marleau and Marner got the lead back for the Leafs on a nice two-on-one with Marleau finishing on a great pass from Marner. Moore sat out the first two games of the series as a healthy scratch.

Maple Leafs Square next to the ACC is closed because of the weather. "The 6'9" strongman with the longest reach in the league has not allowed Matthews to have the time and space in the offensive zone to threaten the Bruins' goaltender.

"I thought [Plekanec] was outstanding", Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock said after the Leafs' win Monday. We deserve every bit of criticism far and wide. "We've got some work to do and can continue to improve and we can try to change the story".

Minnesota wasn't outplayed as badly on the road as Toronto was, but the night and day difference between the Wild at home compared to on the road is something the Maple Leafs can use as motivation.

- Bruins forward Sean Kuraly assisted on both of Boston's goals, giving him three points in the series. Nashville leads the series 2-0. After losing both games at home to the San Jose Sharks, the Ducks put up a stinker in Monday's loss.

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The Leafs came out hard with some jump early in the first period.

However, while Toronto got taken apart in its first two games, the Avs were quite competitive against the NHL's best regular-season team. "We'll have a good start and go from there". You see the nice goals, it looks pretty easy for them. So now they get together and I assume they want to make the right call, that's the idea, but to me they got together and clearly they guessed because it hit the glass and we saw that. Because they've been able to do it all year and they're good at it. They get the matchups and the best (defensive) pairs.

Listen, you can go back to Game 1 and look at three power-play goals from the Bruins and say that a 5-1 final was not indicative of how tight a game it truly was. He played the best game since he's been here. This a must win game.

If you enjoy frequent bouts of nausea and faintness followed by soul-crushing sadness and total jubilation, then Freddie Andersen's turbulent Game 3 performance is right in your wheelhouse.

San Jose has won two games in Anaheim and come home with a huge advantage. The Ducks looked disinterested after a while and the Sharks feasted as a result.