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Marleau, Maple Leafs defeat Bruins in Game 3

Veteran scores two, Matthews gets one to boost Toronto to first win of series

by Dave McCarthy / NHL.com Correspondent

TORONTO -- Patrick Marleau scored two goals for the Toronto Maple Leafs in a 4-2 win against the Boston Bruins in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Air Canada Centre on Monday.

Frederik Andersen made 40 saves for the Maple Leafs, who trail the best-of-7 series 2-1. Game 4 is here Thursday.

 

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"I think we were on it all game. We had our legs and were playing the right way," said Marleau, whose first goal of the night was his 69th in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, passing Gordie Howe for 17th all time. "If there was a breakdown, we had another guy there to bail us out, and obviously [Andersen] had a huge game for us.

"I think everybody knows at playoff time how we need to play to be successful. We went through the regular season and we know we didn't have our best in Boston, but we had that change tonight and got the win. Now, we have to look forward to the next game."

Video: BOS@TOR, Gm3: Marleau nets his second on the rush

Auston Matthews scored his first goal of the series to give Toronto a 3-2 lead at 14:47 of the second period. It was his first postseason game-winner in the NHL.

"Tonight was definitely a statement game for us," Matthews said. "It's great. The crowd and everything, it feels like an earthquake when you score, especially in the playoffs."

Marleau made it 4-2 with 3:35 left in the third.

"I thought we were on them and played with a lot of energy," said Andersen, who was pulled in the first period of a 7-3 loss in Game 2 in Boston on Saturday after allowing three goals on five shots. "We were a little bit harder around both nets, and I think the puck retrievals in the offensive zone allowed us to sustain some pressure."

Defensemen Adam McQuaid and Zdeno Chara scored, and Tuukka Rask made 26 saves for the Bruins.

Video: BOS@TOR, Gm3: Chara scores from the goal line

"They're a really good team, they play well at home," Boston forward Brad Marchand said. "We knew they were going to push back, they did, and they had a good game. We were right there; their goalie made some really big saves, so put it behind us and on to the next one."

Marleau scored at 3:49 of the second period to give the Maple Leafs a 2-1 lead after Mitchell Marner received a lead pass from Morgan Rielly to set up a 2-on-1 with Marleau.

The goal came 43 seconds after McQuaid tied it 1-1 at 3:06.

"[Marleau] scores goals at will when he gets around that net. He's got a good touch," said Marner, who had an assist on each of Marleau's goals playing on a line with center Tomas Plekanec. "He doesn't miss much, and we saw it here tonight. We need that going forward."

Chara tied it 2-2 with a sharp-angled shot below the left face-off circle at 6:19.

James van Riemsdyk gave the Maple Leafs a 1-0 lead when he scored on the power play with 2:55 left in the first period. It was his second goal of the series.

"That's the style of game that I expected, we expected," Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron said. "That's it. They got the win, and we have to be better next game. Adjust and adapt and be better."

 

Goal of the game

Matthews' goal at 14:47 of the second period.

Video: BOS@TOR, Gm3: Matthews goes top shelf on Rask

 

Save of the game

Andersen stopping David Pastrnak at 17:38 of the third period.

Video: BOS@TOR, Gm3: Andersen makes incredible save

 

Highlight of the game

Marleau's goal at 3:49 of the second period.

Video: BOS@TOR, Gm3: Marleau finishes Marner's great pass

 

They said it

"I thought our top line was fine for the most part. They just didn't finish. [David] Pastrnak got robbed about three, four times. That goalie made some head-scratching saves at the end. ... At the end of the day, they can be better. They had a tougher matchup tonight. [The Maple Leafs] were determined to keep them off the score sheet, and they did." -- Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy on Pastrnak, Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand being held without a point for the first time in the series

 

"That was one of the best saves I think I've ever seen. That was unbelievable; it was a game-changer, for sure. There's still two minutes left, and then [Boston would] be down by one, so that was an unbelievable save, that was awesome." -- Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews on Frederik Andersen's stick save on Pastrnak

 

"I think we used our speed more which allowed us to get the puck up quicker and get on the forecheck quicker." -- Maple Leafs forward Mitchell Marner on what the difference was in Game 3

 

Need to know

McQuaid left the game with 8:41 remaining after he was hit in the throat by the puck when van Riemsdyk played it toward the Bruins net. ... Marleau's second goal was his 70th in the NHL playoffs, tying him with Steve Yzerman for 16th all time. ... Marleau became the oldest player in Maple Leafs history to score a goal in the playoffs (38 years, 213 days), surpassing Norm Ullman (38 years, 109 days). ... Toronto center Nazem Kadri will serve the third of his three-game suspension in Game 4 for boarding Boston forward Tommy Wingels in Game 1.

 

What's next

Game 4 of Eastern Conference First Round at Air Canada Centre on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVAS, NESN)

 

Video: Marleau, Andersen lead Leafs past Bruins in Game 3

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