Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Bruins go for 3-0 lead vs. Maple Leafs

Bruins go for 3-0 lead vs. Maple Leafs

While they were one of the strongest teams in the Eastern Conference during the regular season, they have been taken apart by the Boston Bruins in the first two games of the series and must find a way to turn it around when the two teams meet on Monday night.

Mike Babcock is clearly one of the best head coaches in the National Hockey League, and he is now put to the test of turning this situation around immediately.

Babcock is nothing if not stubborn.

Centre Dominic Moore will take Komarov's spot in the lineup.

Later in the second, Zdeno Chara tied the game at two with a attractive top shelf goal you'd expect to see from one of the Bruins' top line players.

In total, Pastrnak and his line mates have wracked up 20 points, the Leafs top line only has 2 points. "When you go right through it from - the way I look at it is, there are so many things we can do better", Babcock said Sunday after holding a team meeting.

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The Boston Bruins dropped their first game of the playoffs on Monday night. Game time is yet to be determined.

The Maple Leafs finally sealed it with 3:35 left when Marleau scored his second of night on a 2-on-1 rush, firing a shot past Rask for the 70th career playoff goal.

Game four is set for Thursday, April 19 in Toronto.

For Toronto Maple Leafs newcomer Tomas Plekanec, it was like it was 2010 all over again. "At the end of the day they are going to be our best line every night".

I give credit to the Maple Leafs.

The B's had a couple of great chance to tie it up once again before the second period was over.

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He gave up 12 goals in less than four periods before being pulled late in the first period of Game 2.

One player who had a lot of opportunities was David Pastrnak. He'll be a difference-maker for the Leafs if he can get rolling. Andersen's 6.65 goals-against average is worst amongst the 16 starting goaltenders in the post-season, while his.822 save percentage is second last behind New Jersey's Keith Kinkaid (.804). His teammates were feeding him the puck, but he was unable to get it past Andersen.

The Colorado Avalanche return home after dropping the first two games of their series with the Presidents' Trophy-winning Nashville Predators on the road.

Tuukka Rask was definitely the story of the period until James van Riemsdyk finally opened the scoring at 17:05, jamming in a loose puck in front of the net on the powerplay. The only goal that cannot be blamed on the defense is Auston Matthews snipe in the 2nd period.

While the Bruins snipers didn't connect, they certainly had their chances, most notably with an 18-7 edge in shots on goal in the third.

The third- period was very fast paced with very few whistles. David Backes and David Krejci accounted for two of the three power-play goals in the opener and in Game 2 left winger Jake DeBrusk put the B's up 2-0 at 9:46 of the first period. Then he saved a sure goal with two minutes to go, diving backwards to get the blade of his stick on a shot.

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