With the series tied at one game apiece, the Bruins traveled to Toronto looking to build off the momentum they had from a dominant 4-1 victory over the Leafs in game two. The Maple Leafs has other plans in mind.
Toronto made it very clear that they were not going to be bullied and pushed around like they were in game two and were the more physical team, especially in the first period.
The majority of the first period was played on the Bruins end of the ice and the B’s defense was under constant pressure from every line of the Leafs. The Bruins survived the first period and they went into intermission still tied after a scoreless first period.
That soon changed when Toronto’s Trevor Moore snuck one past Tuukka Rask 2:38 into the second period. At this point, it looked as if this game was on the verge of getting out of hand but Boston quickly answered with a goal from David Krejci less than a minute after Toronto’s first goal.
The Leafs went on to score two more goals from power plays coming from Auston Matthews and Andreas Johnsson. Boston was given a power play at the very end of the second period and didn’t let it go to waste as Charlie Coyle scored his second goal of the series with 38 seconds left in the second period to make the score 3-2.
In the third period, Boston really stepped up the intensity on offense. They were getting good looks and actually ended the game with more total shots than Toronto. The Bruins ended the game 36 and the Maple Leafs had 34 but Frederik Andersen refused to let Boston back in the game.
One Bruin who had a particularly poor game was David Pastrnak. He struggled to hold onto the puck and had a very costly miss in front of the net that could’ve tied the game. The third period remained scoreless and the Leafs took game three by a score of 3-2.
Game four will be played in Toronto on Wednesday night and I expect Boston to come out very physical and determined to even up the series. If Toronto can find a way to win, Boston will be in a situation where they will have to win three consecutive games in a series that has been very evenly matched thus far.