Tom Wilson plays hero for Capitals in Game 4 win over Leafs

Tonight, the Toronto Maple Leafs will host the Washington Capitals while holding a 2-1 series lead.

"That's the main thing because he's got more talent than I do, he's got more skill than do - so I'm not going to out-skill him", Alzner said. "So that hasn't changed". Matthews and Nylander became the first rookies to score in the same mid-April game since Wendel Clark and Steve Thomas in 1986, the year Toronto upset first-place Chicago in the Norris Division best-of-five.

Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen made 41 saves in Game 1 and 47 in Game 2.

While the 31-year-old Bozak and a handful of veterans - including Rielly, Leo Komarov and Kadri - played well, it was again the performance of the youngsters that shone brightest.

Leafs veterans Nazem Kadri and Tyler Bozak connected for the overtime victor, but the all-rookie line of Auston Matthews, William Nylander, and Zach Hyman was huge in getting them there. Both scored their first career playoff goals.

"I just say go with your best players and lean on them", May said.

After playing from behind or tied for the vast majority of the first two games, Washington was happy just to have the lead after the first period Monday.

Babcock's young group will look to extend their series lead on Wednesday when the two teams square off for game four. When you're playing a good hockey team I think you gain respect for yourself and the process and you start believing that maybe you can do this. "I've lived where you're the underdog and you're not supposed to win and I've lived where you're the best team in hockey and you're supposed to win, and they're totally different".

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

"Until we change the narrative, that's going to be the question", Matt Niskanen told the Washington Post. So everything is magnified, that's all.

They came back from a pair of two goal deficits had some huge penalty kills in putting Alex Ovechkin and the Presidents' Trophy winners behind the eight ball. Braden Holtby stopped 24 shots. The Maple Leafs are 7-20 in their last 27 Wednesday games, 13-6 in their last 19 vs.

"It really goes a long way when your coach looks you in the eye and says you have earned the right to be here, you have earned the right to compete and play with these guys and then we go out there and we've put forth an effort that we can be proud of". That gave the Capitals a five-on-three for two minutes, but they recorded just two shots on goal. Washington's attempts to cycle the puck in the Toronto zone have often been stifled by a defensive crew that seems patient and up for the challenge. Kasperi Kapanen, who scored his first National Hockey League goal in game 81 of the regular season, now has two more goals in this series including the game victor to tie the series in game 2.

The Capitals won't have shutdown defenseman Karl Alzner, missing his second consecutive game with an upper-body injury, a significant blow to their depth and penalty killing even though Nate Schmidt brings an offensive spark.

Less than a minute later, a bench minor was called on the Leafs for having too many men on the ice.

Mike Hoffman scored twice and Derick Brassard had a goal for Ottawa. Craig Anderson finished with 17 saves. Bozak, who had the winning goal in Game 3, got Toronto within one with 26 seconds left, but Washington held on from there.

Noel Acciari and David Backes also scored for the Bruins. Oh and let's not forget the play of Frederik Andersen who has matched Braden Holtby nearly save for save.

With a "very good mind for the game", he'll sneak into soft spots in coverage and time his movements with ace precision to either pounce on a rebound or get open for a quick shot.

Dennis Rasmussen and Patrick Kane each scored the first goals this series for the Western Conference's No. 1 seed.

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