Leafs, Devils fight back with vic­to­ries at home

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Aus­ton Matthews scored the go-ahead goal in the sec­ond pe­riod, Pa­trick Mar­leau had two goals, and the Maple Leafs de­feated the Bru­ins 4-2 on Mon­day night in Toronto in Game 3 of their Eastern Con­fer­ence first-round se­ries.

James van Riems­dyk also scored, while Mitch Marner and Mor­gan Rielly added two as­sists each to help the Maple Leafs pull within 2-1 in the best-of­seven set.

Fred­erik An­der­sen stopped 40 shots.

Adam McQuaid and Zdeno Chara scored the Bru­ins’ goals, Sean Ku­raly recorded two as­sists and Tuukka Rask fin­ished with 26 saves.

The Maple Leafs host Game 4 on Thurs­day night.

Matthews, who went with­out a point in the first two games, snapped a 2-2 tie with 5 min­utes, 13 sec­onds left in the sec­ond pe­riod when he ri­fled a shot short-side high on Rask from a sharp an­gle af­ter a great feed down low by Wil­liam Ny­lan­der.

Mar­leau, whose first score moved him past Gordie Howe for 17th place in ca­reer play­off goals, fin­ished off the Bru­ins with 3:35 left when he cashed in on a 2-on-1 rush. Mar­leau now has 70 play­off goals.

Tay­lor Hall had a goal and two as­sists, set­ting up Ste­fan Noe­sen’s game-win­ner with 7:05 play, and the Devils scored four times in the third pe­riod to claw their way back into their Eastern Con­fer­ence firstround se­ries with the vic­tory at home.

Rookie Will Butcher had a power-play goal ear­lier in the third to tie the score at 2-2, and Blake Cole­man and Ben Love­joy added emp­tynet goals late as the Devils re­duced the Light­ning’s se­ries lead to 2-1.

Cory Sch­nei­der made 34 saves while start­ing in place of Keith Kinkaid. Sch­nei­der, who seemed to hurt his groin in a col­li­sion with Light­ning de­fense­man Ryan McDon­agh mid­way through the fi­nal pe­riod, sur­vived a late power play to nail down the win.

Alex Kil­lorn and Steven Stamkos each had a pow­er­play goal and an as­sist for the Light­ning.

Nikita Kucherov added two as­sists and An­drei Vasilevskiy made 36 saves.

Game 4 is Wed­nes­day.

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