Capitals vs. Maple Leafs: Game 4 prediction

Jakob Silfverberg and Rickard Rakell scored first-period goals and John Gibson made 35 saves in the Ducks' 29th consecutive victory over the Flames at Honda Center since April 25, 2006, extending the longest such streak in National Hockey League history.

"That's been the feeling the whole time", 23-year-old defenceman Morgan Rielly said. If they can handle it, there might be no better teaching atmosphere for a young team than the game's most dramatic stage.

Fiala finally converted on his third chance in overtime. Five catfish also were tossed onto the ice before the puck dropped and combined with a late start for a very loud standing-room only crowd of 17,204. That's the same Nashville team that finished with 15 fewer points than Chicago, by the way.

At 5:39 of the second period, Kuznetsov scored from a sharp angle on a rebound to restore Washington's two-goal margin.

Forsberg started the rally. It just goes to show you that in overtime in the playoffs, you need everybody and depth shows up.

Then Forsberg tied it up at 14:08 with a wrister off Ryan Ellis' shot from the point.

Tyler Bozak scored 1:37 into overtime to cap a comeback from two goals down in the second period, and the Maple Leafs beat the Capitals 4-3 Monday night to take a 2-1 lead in the first-round series.

The rookie trio of Auston Matthews, William Nylander and Zach Hyman proved nearly unstoppable in Game 3 - up over 70 per cent puck possession. They've certainly tested Andersen plenty, but the Maple Leafs goaltender stopped 47 of the 50 shots he saw Saturday.

Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Evgeny Kuznetsov scored for the Presidents' Trophy-winning Capitals. Hyman followed his own dump-in of the puck into Washington's zone, separated the puck from Capitals blueliner Brooks Orpik along the end boards, and it rolled out to Matthews, who made a terrific pass to Nylander in front of goalie Brayden Holtby.

We got to go into Toronto, regroup and go win a hockey game in Toronto.

Look ahead: The series stays in Toronto for Game 4 on Wednesday then returns to Washington for Game 5 on Friday.

The baby-faced Leafs now lead the series, improbably, two games to one, with Game 4 here at the Air Canada Centre on Wednesday night. However, the Capitals got the early jump as they scored twice in the first five minutes with both goals coming from their vaunted top line of Ovechkin, Backstrom and T.J. Oshie.

With Alzner out, Nate Schmidt is expected to again take his place in the lineup.

Toronto Maple Leafs fans celebrate after Mitch Marner scored, as people watch the broadcast of the team's opening NHL hockey playoff game against the Washington Capitals, at Maple Leaf Square in Toronto on Thursday, April 13, 2017.

Andersen has been central to their efforts so far, his Game 2 performance equal to and perhaps even better than Braden Holtby, the reigning Vezina Trophy victor and another top contender this season.

Could Toronto send the favorites to an early elimination?

The 19-year-old, held without a point in Games 1 and 2, sped through the neutral zone with speed and fired a shot that ricocheted off John Carlson, Schmidt's face and Matthews' body before finally hitting Holtby. Tuukka Rask stopped 25 shots.

"We've been chasing this series a little bit", Capitals coach Barry Trotz said. The unit stood tall again a short while later when the club was called for too many men.

The Maple Leafs' first home playoff game of their much-hyped second century belonged to the kids. However, expect more traffic in front of the net. Toronto was always going to be jacked up for the first home game of the playoffs but perhaps even more so now that the Maple Leafs have some serious momentum. Frederik Andersen has given up nine goals on 120 shots faced.

It was against the third line of Lars Eller, Brett Connolly and Andre Burakovsky and third defensive pairing that Nylander scored his goal.

  • Julie Sanders