Matthews makes difference as Maple Leafs beat Bruins in Game 3

Matthews makes difference as Maple Leafs beat Bruins in Game 3

Kadri was set to have an in-person hearing with the NHL's department of player safety Monday afternoon in NY to answer for his cross-check to the head of Bruins winger Jake DeBrusk in the third period of Boston's 4-1 victory in Game 2 that tied the series 1-1. Things won't come easy for the Bruins in this one though as they have struggled to find a way to win in recent trips to Toronto as they are 2-7 in their last 9 trips to the Ontario capital and they are just 1-5 in their last 6 playoff games as an underdog which are two trends favoring the Buds in this one.

Toronto defeated the Bruins Monday night in a nail-biter at Scotiabank Arena 3-2 to take Game 3 and a one-game lead on the B's.

The Maple Leafs meanwhile perhaps deserved a much better fate in their Game 2 loss to the Bruins as they had some ugly goals given up but at no fault to Frederik Andersen who was absolutely spectacular in the Maple Leafs crease.

Andreas Johnsson, also with a goal and an assist, and Trevor Moore provided the rest of the offense for Toronto. Charlie Coyle is starting to get the bounces he wasn't receiving after being traded to Boston, as he scored his second goal of the postseason, while David Krejci nabbed his first goal of Round 1 on Monday.

"That f-ing hit DeBrusk just threw on Patrick Marleau in the Leafs-Bruins game was a dirty f-ing hit", Avery said in a series of videos posted to his Instagram story. "He should be gone for the entire playoffs, but at least they did something".

Before we condemn these Leafs to a third straight first-round exit at the hands of the Bruins, let's take a look at the numbers from these last two meetings and compare them to what the Leafs have accomplished today. The Leafs goaltender made several big saves to hold off the Bruins, and the score stood at 0-0 heading into the second period. There were missed calls on both ends of the ice. He hung in there after taking a high hit from John Tavares early in the second period.

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DeBrusk was knocked down and did not return to the game.

The Bruins did suffer some major injuries though as DeBrusk is likely concussed, as is defenseman Torey Krug from a Jake Muzzin hit. Kadri assumedly went to the defence of his 39-year-old linemate, but instead of dropping the gloves or getting into another shoving match, Kadri saw red and planted his stick into Debrusk's jaw. Mitch Marner leads the team in goals with two lamplighters. Control momentum in the first period.

With so many variables, I am passing on this game entirely but there is another game that has my betting attention.

That would cost Kadri three games and force the Leafs to play Tomas Plekanec - who was previously the fourth-line centre - in the top six.

"He's got to play hard", Leafs head coach Mike Babcock said.

That line put in a solid 20 minutes in the first period, creating some good scoring chances, and was rewarded in the second. Johnsson made a attractive setup pass to Matthews at the left faceoff dot and he ripped his famous one-timer past Rask for his first goal of the series. "It's really tight out there - tight, physical playoff hockey".

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