Maple Leafs unable to keep up with Capitals in Game 4 loss

"So that hasn't changed".

Werenski scored a power-play goal in the first period of Game 1 and established himself as a core player for the Blue Jackets at age 19.

As they did in Game 3, the Capitals scored the first two goals of the game early in the first period. Sure, the Capitals have time to catch up; there's a lot of hockey left to play.

The next line over the boards were the kids, Matthews, Nylander and Hyman, all without a point through about nine periods when overtime was factored in.

Game two in Washington was a do or die kind of game and that's just how they treated it, bringing it into double overtime and then sealing the deal to even out the series.

It was Schmidt who set up Nicklas Backstrom for the game's first goal on Monday.

"They're playing with confidence, they're competitive, they want to win and they're great people", Babcock said of Rielly and Gardiner. "They're used to it so it doesn't faze them and you can see that when they're out there playing".

Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock said after Saturday's game, "Obviously, it's a big win for our team".

"And obviously now if you talk to our guys, our guys think they're a good hockey team", Babcock said after the latest victory, Toronto's first on home ice in the playoffs in almost four years.

After that, the Leafs gained momentum and motivation to take this series and dictate play.

Babcock doesn't think fatigue will be an issue as the series continues.

"We mention (Matthews in game planning), but we are not going out of our way to shadow him or anything ridiculous like that", Capitals defenceman Matt Niskanen said of Matthews. "You just have to go and do it". So everything is magnified, that's all. The Capitals' top line scored again on its next shift, as Alex Ovechkin rocketed a shot from the top of the left faceoff circle past Andersen at 4:49. Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby made 24 stops.

The series has been nothing short of exciting, with all three games going into overtime. The game is scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. start time and it will be televised nationally on the NBC Sports Network.

The Leafs will need Zaitsev to resume his role on one of the top two pairings and play in excess of 20 minutes for them to have a chance to take the lead in the series. You want to do what's good for you.

The Capitals came out of the gate in the first period, scoring twice in the first five minutes for the second straight game.

Washington looked crisp and confident, cycling pucks with authority in the Toronto end.

On Monday night, the Capitals we're on the wrong end of a 4-3 overtime loss to the Maple Leafs in Game 3 of their first-round series and the unease and panic levels are registering like siesmic activity on the richter scale.

Washington had a chance to put the Leafs away after Kuznetsov upped the lead back to two with his first of the playoffs 5:39 into the second period, but Toronto's penalty-kill managed to fend off a full 2-minute 5-on-3 Capitals power play.

Riley Nash was in the penalty box when Erik Karlsson hit a flying Turris with a pass into the zone that was close to being offside. Craig Anderson finished with 17 saves.

Corey Perry scored at 1:30 of overtime as Anaheim overcame a 4-1 deficit to win the game and take a 3-0 lead in their Western Conference first-round playoff series.

This time Bruins rallied from a 3-0 deficit with three goals in second period, tying the game on a power play goal by David Pastrnak.

Tuukka Rask made 26 saves for Boston, which had a goal disallowed in the first when Ottawa Coach Guy Boucher challenged and the replay showed Noel Acciari was offsides.

- The Chicago Blackhawks (C1) led the Nashville Predators (WC2) 2-0 in the second period, but lost in overtime, 3-2, and are now down 3-0 in their series.

  • Julie Sanders