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With their backs against the wall and showing no effort in game’s 1 and 2 in Boston, the Toronto Maple Leafs needed an answer in a hurry to avoid falling into a 0-3 hole. They played by far their best game of the series and it resulted in a 4-2 win for the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 3 over the Boston Bruins. Boston still leads this series 2-1.
James van Riemsdyk scored a power-play goal for the Maple Leafs in the first period. Adam McQuaid tied the game at one early in the second-period for the Bruins. Patrick Marleau scored a goal 43 seconds later for Toronto. Zdeno Chara tied the game at two later in the second for Boston on a bad angle shot.
Auston Matthews scored for the Maple Leafs later in the second on a redirected pass from William Nylander. It happened to be the game-winning goal for Toronto. Patrick Marleau scored on a two-on-one break with 3:35 remaining in regulation.
Frederik Andersen made 40 saves for the Maple Leafs. Tuukka Rask made 26 saves for the Bruins. Game 4 will be on Thursday Night in Toronto.