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Matthews wouldn't deny that he wanted to prove a point in the Maple Leafs' return to Air Canada Centre, nor that he felt he did with a goal which - like the thick layer of ice that has coated the city over the last few days - tested the building's engineering. That move was huge, as the B's trio were held off the scoreboard and combined for a -7 rating, while the second line from the Leafs had two goals, three assists, and a +6 rating.

After dropping the first two games of their series against the Bruins in Boston, the Maple Leafs got a big break in their first period back in Toronto.

Even so, Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy did not seem anxious about the performance of his best line.

I give credit to the Maple Leafs. They had an excellent year, they are loaded with speed and they have a lot of pride.

I don't think anyone expected the first two games to be blowouts, and I also don't think anyone believed that the Bruins were going to sweep the Leafs prior to this series starting.

The Leafs will have the final change in the games in Toronto, and they would seem to have a better chance of finding those openings at home. Nylander must have been listening, because by the end of the second period he and Matthews were flying like it was the regular season. It was the type of goal that has defined Matthews in his young career with a nose for the net and a quick release in traffic.

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.

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Moore, the veteran center, will suit up for the first time this series to take Plekanec's usual spot on the fourth line. We know it has been and it will continue to be and we know that they're a tight-checking team; they play hard. "We know there will be some rust, but once they're clear to go they'll get all the work that they can handle".

Plekanec was at his plucky best in an increased role in the middle of the second line with Patrick Marleau and Mitch Marner, helping keep the top line of the Boston Bruins off the scoresheet - for one night anyway - at the Air Canada Centre on Monday.

"It happens in your life". The Bruins did a pretty respectable job of holding their ground during the first period, as Toronto came out firing away both with shots on net and hits along the boards and in open ice.

Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock said Komarov would be considered a game-time decision for Game 4 on Thursday night. "We got the puck in our hands quickly. We'll have a good start and go from there".

Tyler Bozak beat PatriceBergeron on the ensuing draw, pulling it back to Morgan Rielly. James van Riemsdyk, Tyler Bozak and Connor Brown remained together on the only line that has remained a constant for the Leafs this postseason.

However, the puck touched the glass before entering the crowd, which would negate the minor penalty, and the four officials missed making the right call, sending Nash to the box at 16:58 of the first period. When a referee makes a call you kind of live with it because it's decisive.

In a 2-0 hole and needing Andersen to step up in the worst possible way, the Maple Leafs netminder had a flawless opening frame before briefly turning into Swiss cheese during a three-minute span in the second.

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