Leafs forward Leo Komarov to miss Game 3 against Boston

Leafs forward Leo Komarov to miss Game 3 against Boston

Boston's top line of Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, and David Pastrnak have looked unstoppable. Holden had a goal and five points in 18 regular-season games with the Bruins. Torey Krug has been a dynamo on the blue line as well, notching 5 assists. It wouldn't be a Bruins game without some Marchand moments and indeed their were a few.

WAYNE GRETZKY, EDMONTON OILERS - APRIL 9, 1987 Only three games in playoff history have finished with a spread of 10 or more goals, and is anyone surprised to see the Gretzky-era Oilers among the teams to dominate an opponent in such a fashion?

Toronto goaltender Frederik Andersen makes a diving stop on Boston's David Pastrnak on Monday. Here's how the Maple Leafs are expected to line up for Game 3. Tuukka Rask was having none of it, sliding all the way across the crease to deflect the puck with his glove.

The teams just continue trading chances. While Patrice Bergeron and company have an nearly unreal 20 points, the Leafs' top line has been essentially unproductive.

Well, that's just what happened.

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. James van Riemsdyk, Tyler Bozak and Connor Brown remained together on the only line that has remained a constant for the Leafs this postseason.

The middle frame started much like the end of the 1st. It's just that the Leafs decided they're going to try now, too. Auston Mathews, who had mostly been a ghost during the first 2 games, was firing shots on Rask.


How concerned are you about the Toronto Maple Leafs going into Game 3? After a frenetic forecheck by Noel Acciari, Tim Schaller, and Sean Kuraly, Adam McQuaid teed one up from the blueline.

The 2017 Calder Trophy Memorial victor went on to score four goals and record five overall points through the remaining four games.

43 seconds later, Patrick Marleau stole the Toronto lead back. The Bruins had the puck on the cycle, and Mitch Marner abandoned his point, getting behind Kevan Miller. The Bruins were rattling shots off the post and it seemed like the net was on lockdown.

The Bruins would not go away. The big man faked a slapshot, and skated in along the left wing. For those scoring at home, that's four goals, three shorthanded points and seven points total for Gretzky in one playoff game. Once again, the game was tied. But the Bruins' top line didn't score and the 38-year-old Marleau scored twice. The Leafs had regained their 1 goal lead. Will the Bruins bounce back or will they give hope to Toronto?

Penalties are up more than 17 percent over the same time a year ago and are playing a substantial role in several series.

The first line was not as dominant as it had been the first 2 games. However, for Toronto their best players are still waiting to let their presence be known in the series. Sometimes we forget this, given how he has taken the National Hockey League by storm ever since his historic four-goal debut against the Ottawa Senators.

Game 3 in Toronto was a far different story. It's gut check time.

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