April 19th, 2018
The Toronto Maple Leafs avoided slipping into a 3-0 series deficit Monday night with an enormous 4-2 victory over the Boston Bruins. Instead of being on the brink of elimination entering Game 4, Toronto has the opportunity to pull even with the favoured Bruins.
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Entering the Stanley Cup Playoffs, hockey fans expected this Original Six matchup to be one of the closer series of the First Round. But after two games on the road, Toronto looked to be in a different league than Boston. They surrendered 12 goals and were overmatched in every facet of the game. It turns out that returning home was just what the doctor ordered.
Game 3 showed what Toronto is capable of: timely scoring, disciplined defense and superb goaltending. The result was a convincing win and the opportunity to even the series 2-2 on Thursday night. To do so, the Leafs will need to keep Boston’s first line off of the scoresheet. The threesome of Patrice Bergeron, David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand have combined for a ridiculous 20 points through three games. The Leafs won’t be able to count on goaltender Frederik Andersen to steal every game, so they’ll need to recapture their defensive prowess in Game 4.
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