Toronto Maple Leafs William Nylander during third period Round 1 Game 3 action against Boston Bruins at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ont. on Monday April 16, 2018. But an argument could be made Toronto still hasn't played 60 minutes of hockey they could be proud of regardless of the outcome.
Toronto eventually got going and tied it at 7:43 when Marner fed a pass from his knees that was helped on by Patrick Marleau to Plekanec, who scored his first goal since being acquired from Montreal before the trade deadline. As mentioned prior, they just need to crash the net.
The Leafs thus blew a crucial opportunity in a borderline must-win Game 4.
The Boston Bruins rebounded from their first loss of the series behind solid performances at both ends of the ice. He has totaled 5 assists and 1 PPP. Although Boston had a good amount of scoring chances during Game 3, they were not able to finish on several. The Maple Leafs have gone 20-23 on the road for the year and they have averaged 3.24 gpg and have allowed 2.87 gpg in those games.
After getting his first playoff point in Game Three, a top-shelf rifle over Tuukka Rask's shoulder got Plekanec his 17th playoff goal in his career. That winning percentage, ranked fifth in the league in this young season, is an improvement over the 44-38 record from last year's regular season campaign.
Overall, the Leafs looked a lot less inspired in Game 4 and was a far cry from what we saw in Game 3. He will surely add a spark of energy to a Leafs team that needs it right now.
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Game three was a very different game than the first two.
Although Toronto had success in Game 3 with keeping the puck in the offensive zone, the Bruins came ready to counter-attack aggressive Maple Leafs defenders. Surprises continue to surface as the Vegas Golden Knights swept the Los Angeles Kings in the first round of their playoff series, putting the final nail in the Kings' coffin with a 1-0 shutout in Game 4. It was his 2nd goal of the series and 36th of the year.
Jake DeBrusk had a phenomenal game on Thursday.
The Leafs kept coming and almost grabbed the lead later in the period, but Rask shot out his pad to deny Zach Hyman from in close as Toronto outshot Boston 12-7 through the opening 20 minutes. The Bruins lost 63 percent of the faceoffs and yielded 77 shot attempts (Tuukka Rask stopped 31 of the 32 that reached him), while their own offense generated only 40 attempts at Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen (18 saves).
"Their whole defensive structure was good", said Matthews, who fired three shots on net.
Game five of the series is Saturday night back at Boston Garden. Rask kept the Leafs scoreless initially as their chances kept mounting.
Defenceman Adam McQuaid took the puck after Nash cleanly won the faceoff and sprung Pastrnak and Marchand on a 2-on-1.