Nazem Kadri makes the same mistake twice, leaving Leafs forced to scramble
- Author: Julie Sanders Апр 19, 2019,
Апр 19, 2019, 4:56
Toronto rebounded to win its first game without Kadri as it defeated Boston 3-2 in Game 3 to take a 2-1 lead in the teams' best-of-seven East quarter-final. And not for just one game, but for the rest of the series, however long it might be.
So the Maple Leafs take a 2-1 lead in the series and a pivotal game four Wednesday night in Toronto.
Maple Leaf Square was full an hour before puck drop for Game 3 of Leafs vs. Bruins Round 1 playoff action at Scotiabank Arena.
The Toronto Maple Leafs will be without Nazem Kadri for the remainder of their first round series against the Boston Bruins. They'll have to flip it again in Game 4 if they want to return to Boston at 2-2. "We got caught out of position a couple times there. we can clean it up a bit and hopefully be better for the next one". Andersen stopped 37 of the 41 shots he faced, in a solid performance despite the loss.
But with the Bruins once again disarming the Maple Leafs in a manner that few teams can with physicality and the ability to make every detail hard, it seems that all three top centres - Tavares, Auston Matthews and Kadri - would have to be pulling on the lever to unlock the Leafs' potential.
Maple Leafs defenceman Morgan Rielly set the early tone with a big hit on Karson Kuhlman.
The Bruins are 20-15-6 on the road.
The 28-year-old forward will serve his fifth career suspension as Toronto attempts to advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara (33) checks Toronto Maple Leafs left wing Zach Hyman (11) during first-period National Hockey League playoff action in Toronto, Monday, April 15, 2019.
Not only have the Leafs won all three Game 3's Matthews has played in, but he has tallied half of his total playoff goals in those contests. They just can not build any momentum, but at least they have grabbed home-ice advantage in this series. "There was never a question of the character of our team, but that was just a good display of it".
The Leafs downed the Bruins 4-1 in the series opener at TD Garden before falling by the same score in Game 2 on a night where Boston dominated, especially on the physical side.
Given his all-around play he is an absolute steal under the salary cap on a team that needs every possible steal it can get given its contract situation at the top of the roster.
Babcock's big move was to reduce the ice time of defenceman Nikita Zaitsev in Game 4.
What is more useful for the purposes of this investigation is the numbers that a very similar Leafs team posted last year against a very similar Bruins team, and this year has seen a world of improvement over those statistics. He goes into tonight's matchup considerably improved, with a GAA of 2.50 and a sv% of.937. "With the playoffs starting for the Raptors, with the Leafs winning Game 1". But there is an National Hockey League hearing and the Leaf player is suspended for the rest of the playoffs and the first eight games of the following season.
Matthews, who had just two points against the Bruins in the 2018 post-season, picked up the second assist to match his total from past year.
On Saturday, April 13, the Capitals extended their series lead to 2-0 after beating the Hurricanes 4-3 in overtime.