Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Boston Bruins: The B's were unable to execute in game 3

Boston Bruins: The B's were unable to execute in game 3

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Leo Komarov will miss Monday's Game 3 against the Boston Bruins due to a lower-body injury. However, for the Toronto Maple Leafs, that saying doesn't hold up.

"I guess you have checking matchups, you have offensive matchups against them", said Cassidy.

Boston's 2-0 series lead is simply a case of the Bruins' best players playing like they are their team's best players.

Minnesota wasn't outplayed as badly on the road as Toronto was, but the night and day difference between the Wild at home compared to on the road is something the Maple Leafs can use as motivation. The Bruins were unable to execute and they were beaten by the Maple Leafs.

The Bruins first line was basically strategy-proof in the two playoff wins against the Maple Leafs. His teammates were feeding him the puck, but he was unable to get it past Andersen.

It was a rough night for the Bruins first line as Bergeron, and Pastrnak finished at -2, and Brad Marchand finished at -3.

Their defense, which was a turnstiling nightmare for large chunks of this game, will know what the Leafs want to connect on in Game 4. It was the defense.

If they can bring out another strong performance in Game 4, they might be able to make it a series when Nazem Kadri comes back in Game 5. And there's something to be said for Matthews' confidence after his first goal of the series came with Bergeron on the ice, and with that line pinned in their zone for what had to have been the first and only time in the opening three games of this series.

Auston Matthews, Zach Hyman and William Nylander will reunite on the top line after Komarov took Hyman's spot in Game 2. It doesn't look like things will be getting easier, because the Bruins may have lost another player.

The Bruins used the intermission to regain their composure and it seemed to help as they opened the scoring early in the second. Adam McQuaid beat Frederik Andersen with a stoppable point shot that trickled through.

What are your thoughts on Game 3 and can the Leafs come back in the series?

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 were lucky to head to the dressing room down only one. Especially after a rough game. "They made a good play, they got on top of the crease and earned it, earned their ice".

But the Maple Leafs finally had an answer on this night as the Bruins' trio failed to find the range. The young guns need to be able to relax and not be forcing plays. With the exception of the Kings, those that returned home in a series deficit responded with a resounding, confidence-lifting Game 3 win.

Give them this matchup again, which seems like Babcock's only call with Kadri still suspended, and they'll feast.

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