A funny thing happened at Scotiabank Arena Monday night; two real officials with whistles showed up and a hockey game broke out, ending with the Toronto Maple Leafs topping the Boston Bruins 3-2.
It was a hard fought battle between two equally matched teams that put aside the nonsense from Game 2 instead putting on an entertaining nail-biter for Leafs Nation. The Leafs with more room to move tonight took advantage playing the type of game necessary for continued success in the series. The bravado exhibited by some of the Bruins particularly Jake DeBrusk, David Backes and even David Pastrnak who plays like he’s 6’8 at home was missing on this road game.
The two power-play goals scored by the Leafs is a good reminder to the boys in black and gold they will pay for being shorthanded.
Frederik Andersen was brilliant again making key stops when he had too.
Toronto did a good job keeping the Bruins to the perimeter and when Andersen doesn’t allow any loose pucks its tough for Boston the crash the net.
The Bruins best forward was David Krejci who was a threat all game; the Leafs did a good job containing the number one line and when you control them you have good chance to come away victorious. On the other hand the Leafs 4th line with Frederik Gauthier playing probably his best game in a Maple Leafs uniform hemmed the Bruins in their own end time after time producing the opening goal by Trevor Moore with just plain old hard work.
John Tavares was a force up front with a solid effort along with Zach Hyman who was buzzing around the Bruins end almost every shift.
Speedy forwards Johnsson and Kapanen were also keeping constant pressure on the very vulnerable Boston D that looked mesmerized at times.
The weakness of Zedano Chara who looks like a traffic cop with the speedy forwards blowing by him is something the Leafs must continue to keep exploiting. Let him handle the puck as much as possible; he turned it over at least a half dozen times; this will be a key factor to push this one over the line.
In what could be easily described as the Leafs most complete game of the season, will need to be even better Wednesday because the Bruins will find another gear and the electric atmosphere inside and outside the Scotiabank Arena will be expecting nothing less.