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Game Thread: Boston at Toronto Game 3 (Life without Naz)
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BRUINS AT MAPLE LEAFS
7 p.m. ET; CBC, TVAS

Best-of-7 series tied 1-1

The Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs will play for a 2-1 lead in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Scotiabank Arena on Monday.

The Bruins won 4-1 in Game 2 after the Maple Leafs won 4-1 in Game 1.

When a best-of-seven series is tied 1-1, the winner of Game 3 owns an all-time series record of 212-100 (67.9 percent).

Here are 5 keys for Game 3:

1. Replacing Nazem Kadri as the third line center

Kadri will have an in-person hearing with NHL Player Safety in New York on Monday for his cross check on Bruins forward Jake DeBrusk at 14:03 of the third period of Game 2. The Maple Leafs forward received a five-minute major for cross-checking and a game misconduct. An in-person hearing means Kadri could be suspended for at least five games.

2. Bruins health -- or lack thereof

Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said Boston's depth could be tested given the number of players who are banged up. He said Forward Jake DeBrusk and defensemen Torey Krug each sustained an upper-body injury during Game 2 but will play. Defenseman Connor Clifton, who also sustained an upper-body injury in Game 2, is out and will be replaced in the lineup by Steven Kampfer, who will make his NHL postseason debut.

Cassidy also said forward Marcus Johansson, who missed Game 2 because of an illness, remains sick and won't play Game 3.

Having DeBrusk and Krug back definitely are bonuses for Boston. DeBrusk was fourth on the Bruins with 27 goals during the regular season; Krug had 53 points (six goals, 47 assists) in 64 games, fifth on the Bruins.

Defenseman Jakub Zboril and forward Paul Carey had been called up from Providence of the American Hockey League on Sunday. It's unlikely either will be needed for Game 3.

3. Boston forecheck will be key

Game 2 saw the Bruins' forecheck attack with far more pressure and physicality than it had in Game 1. They were able to grind down the Maple Leafs' defensemen by consistently taking the body whenever possible.

"They didn't give us a lot of time," Toronto defenseman Morgan Rielly said after Game 2.

If the Bruins can sustain that forecheck, they should again be able to wear down the Maple Leafs. But if Toronto can use their speed more effectively, similar to what they did in Game 1, they should be able to create odd-man rushes off transition and use their offensive skill to overwhelm what could be a shorthanded Boston defensemen group.

4. Frederik Andersen must remain in the zone

Andersen has stopped 74 of 79 shots (.937 save percentage) through the first two games. Some of those saves have been highlight-reel worthy.

He was the Maple Leafs' best player despite the loss in Game 2 and he needs to maintain his high level of play if Toronto hopes to record its first postseason series victory since 2004. His play has been significantly better than it was late in the regular season, when he went 3-3-3 with an .881 save percentage in his final 10 games.

5. Can Auston Matthews find his offense?

To be fair, the Maple Leafs forward is proving to be a much better 200-foot player than he was a year ago. In each of the first two games in Boston he showed a lot of energy on the back check and made a couple of diving defensive plays to prevent the Bruins from finishing prime scoring chances.

At the same time, Toronto needs him to find his scoring touch if the Maple Leafs are to advance to the second round. Matthews has no points in the series is pointless in the series and has two points (one goal, one assist) in nine career postseason games against the Bruins.

https://www.nhl.com/news/boston-bruins-t...-306775200
“THE LEAFS WILL WIN GAME 7, STUFF IT BOSTON.”

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If Kadri only gets a warning (Enter facepalm here) I will change the title
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“THE LEAFS WILL WIN GAME 7, STUFF IT BOSTON.”

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“THE LEAFS WILL WIN GAME 7, STUFF IT BOSTON.”

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(2019-04-15, 11:39 AM)CaperLeaf Wrote:

Hate those lines. Man Babcock is such a train wreck sometimes
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(2019-04-15, 11:31 AM)CaperLeaf Wrote: If Kadri only gets a warning (Enter facepalm here) I will change the title

lol, I think you're safe.
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2 points in 9 playoff games against Boston for Matthews

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Go leafs Go.
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What I hate about this series is the fact because of the way Boston plays, the refs have to be a factor
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Why not go with a tried and true top six? Why muddy it all up?

Johnsson-Tavares-Marner
Hyman-Matthews-Nylander
Moore-Petan-Kapanen
Marleau-Gauthier-Brown
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FYI...Krug is in tonight.
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(2019-04-15, 01:19 PM)MisterZ Wrote: FYI...Krug is in tonight.

Debrusk will be in too
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(2019-04-15, 01:44 PM)Sportking Wrote:
(2019-04-15, 01:19 PM)MisterZ Wrote: FYI...Krug is in tonight.

Debrusk will be in too

Well all the more reason to keep hitting them when opportunity emerges.
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(2019-04-15, 12:48 PM)YVR Leaf Wrote: What I hate about this series is the fact because of the way Boston plays, the refs have to be a factor

this is what makes the NHL a joke of a league.! they call it tight for the first 82 games and teams with speed and skill excel and then comes the playoffs and this bullshit nonsense is overlooked and whistles mysteriously go away.? 

If Babcock is worth a fraction of his contract he will figure out a way for the Leafs to counter this type of play.

oh yeah..i read that Krug and DeBrusk are banged up..? to me..that means bang the shit out of both of them every time they are on the ice..Brown,Hyman,Muzzin et al can target them.
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Maple Leafs projected lineup

Zach Hyman -- John Tavares -- Mitchell Marner
Andreas Johnsson -- Auston Matthews -- Kasperi Kapanen
Patrick Marleau -- William Nylander -- Connor Brown
Tyler Ennis -- Frederik Gauthier -- Trevor Moore

Morgan Rielly -- Ron Hainsey
Jake Muzzin -- Nikita Zaitsev
Jake Gardiner -- Travis Dermott

Frederik Andersen
Michael Hutchinson

Scratched: Nic Petan, Justin Holl, Igor Ozhiganov, Martin Marincin, Calle Rosen, Garret Sparks, Nazem Kadri

Injured: None
“THE LEAFS WILL WIN GAME 7, STUFF IT BOSTON.”

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(2019-04-15, 01:12 PM)MisterZ Wrote: Why not go with a tried and true top six? Why muddy it all up?

Johnsson-Tavares-Marner
Hyman-Matthews-Nylander
Moore-Petan-Kapanen
Marleau-Gauthier-Brown

Because that is what our coach does. It has never made any sense to me and the stats back it up. It is what it is at this point. 

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So is the league purposefully waiting to as close to puck drop as possible to announce the Kadri decision to try and rattle us or what?  Angry


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Bush league. Professional wrestling on skates. Thanks so much Gary.
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I wonder if the delay is because they appealed the decision and the appeal is going right away.
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