The Leafs won a battle against the Bruins, earning a 3-2 victory to regain the series lead.
LEAFS WEATHER EARLY STORM, GIVE PUSH RIGHT BACK TO BRUINS IN SCORELESS FIRST
The Leafs played a feisty, determined first period, taking it to the Bruins right out of the gate, then weathering Boston's push-back in the latter half of the period. Toronto netminder Frederik Andersen was sharp and made several high-quality stops, and his counterpart, Tuukka Rask, also had to be at his best to keep the Buds off the scoresheet.
Toronto was outshot in the period 15-10, but the Leafs served notice they weren't about to be bowled over by Boston's physical play. The Leafs gave it back to the Bruins just as hard, and Boston spent much of the opening frame in their zone trying to ward off Toronto's attack. That set a tone for the home team, and the full house at Scotiabank Arena was raucous and thrilled to see their team perform at a consistently high level.
BUDS BREAK OUT IN SECOND WITH THREE GOALS; BRUINS FIGHT BACK TO CUT LEAD TO 3-2 LATE IN SECOND
The Leafs pressured the Bruins time and again in the second period, and Toronto took the first lead of the night at 2:38 when winger Trevor Moore made a terrific play at the side of Rask's net to score his first of the post-season:
Video: BOS@TOR, Gm3: Moore pots rebound in front
The Leafs' lead didn't last long, as Bruins centre David Krejci netted his first of the playoffs at the 3:30 mark to tie it up. However, with Toronto on the power play midway through the second, centre Auston Matthews was set up perfectly by linemate Andreas Johnsson to score just 12 seconds into the man advantage to make it 2-1 for Toronto:
Video: BOS@TOR, Gm3: Matthews' PPG puts Maple Leafs ahead
Toronto wasn't done scoring in the second, and their third goal also came on the power play: this time, centre John Tavares made an incredible backhand pass from the end boards, and the puck went directly to Johnsson, who went to his backhand and lifted the puck past Rask for a 3-1 Leafs lead at 17:12:
Video: BOS@TOR, Gm3: Johnsson goes upstairs for PPG
The Bruins cut Toronto's lead to 3-2 when forward Charlie Coyle scored on the power play with 38 seconds left before the second intermission, but the Leafs had the lead entering the third, and they outshot Boston 16-11 to underscore their successes in the period.
LEAFS STAND GROUND IN THIRD PERIOD, ANDERSEN STANDS OUT TO PUT TORONTO UP 2-1 IN SERIES
The Leafs knew the Bruins wouldn't wave any white flags in the third, but Toronto gave as good as they got - and when it came down to brass tacks, Andersen was superb, keeping the Bruins off the scoresheet in the final frame.
Toronto also didn't score again, but Andersen's play - stopping 34 of 36 Boston shots - had the Scotiabank Arena as loud as it has ever been. And Boston couldn't get the game-tying goal even with the extra attacker, as the Leafs took a 2-1 series lead and are now in position to take a commanding 3-1 series lead if they win Game 4 Wednesday in Toronto. It was a terrific night for the Leafs, who held together and bent, but didn't break.