Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Maple Leafs forward Leo Komarov out for Game 3 against Bruins

Maple Leafs forward Leo Komarov out for Game 3 against Bruins

Boston leads the first-round series 2-0, having outscored Toronto 12-4 in two games at TD Garden.

Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask kept the Bruins in the game for much of the 60-minute run time, but ultimately couldn't quite match Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen in the final period.

For the Bruins, very little hasn't gone their way.

Marleau's second tally came with 3:35 remaining in the game, finishing off a 2-on-1 chance with Tomas Plekanec by lifting a puck past Rask glove-side. The trio has combined for 20 points in the first two games of the series. Andersen's 6.65 goals-against average is worst amongst the 16 starting goaltenders in the post-season, while his.822 save percentage is second last behind New Jersey's Keith Kinkaid (.804). "Sometimes you make that save and we build off that". I don't know if there is one thing in particular.

SPECIAL TEAMS - Toronto had the second-best power play (25 per cent) and 11th-ranked penalty kill (81.4) in the regular season while Boston had the fourth-best power play (23.5) and finished second in killing penalties (83.7).

Andersen would love to have the first two goals back, but for the rest of the game he was nothing short of outstanding. The Bruins won the first two games convincingly: 5-1 in Game 1 and 7-3 in Game 2.

Game four is set for Thursday, April 19 in Toronto. They get the matchups and the best (defensive) pairs. Boston's top line of Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, and David Pastrnak have looked unstoppable. The Leafs knew Boston's top line would be hard to stop, but have been blindsided by its talent all series. You see the nice goals, it looks pretty easy for them. Usual second-line centre Nazem Kadri was suspended three games for his selfish boarding incident in the series opener and Leo Komarov was injured in Game 2. Komarov is uncertain to dress Monday because of the injury suffered in Saturday's 7-3 loss.

"What I'm planning on doing is going without him and if he shows up he shows up", said Babcock. "You've got to get your mind right and you've got to play right".

They say in the playoffs a team is never truly in trouble until they lose on home ice.

Plekanec was at his plucky best in an increased role in the middle of the second line with Patrick Marleau and Mitch Marner, helping keep the top line of the Boston Bruins off the scoresheet - for one night anyway - at the Air Canada Centre on Monday.

"We talked about this series being, it's going to be a tough series". We control what happens.

"Obviously, the first two games didn't go as planned", said Bozak. "The way we wanted it, the way people in Boston wanted it". Maybe it was just the fact he didn't feel as important as he should have when he got here.

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