Matthews helps Maple Leafs beat Bru­ins

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

James van Riems­dyk also scored and Mitch Marner and Mor­gan Rielly added two as­sists each ti help Toronto pull to 2-1 in the be­stof-seven set. Fred­erik An­der­sen stopped 40 shots.

Adam McQuaid and Zdeno Chara had the goals for Bos­ton, Sean Ku­raly had two as­sists, and Tuukka Rask fin­ished with 26 saves.

The Maple Leafs will look to even the se­ries at home in Game 4 on Thurs­day night.

Matthews was held with­out a point through 120 min­utes where Toronto was outscored, out­mus­cled and out­played in los­ing by a com­bined 12-4 mar­gin at Bos­ton. How­ever he came through to snap a 2-2 tie with 5:13 left in the sec­ond when he ri­fled a shot short-side highs on Rask from a sharp an­gle af­ter a great feed down low by Wil­liam Toronto’s Aus­ton Matthews cel­e­brates af­ter scor­ing against Bos­ton dur­ing Mon­day’s game. Ny­lan­der.

Bos­ton’s top line of David Pas­tr­nak (four goals, five as­sists), Brad Marc­hand (one goal, five as­sists) and Pa­trice Berg­eron (five as­sists) to­taled 20 points through the first six pe­ri­ods of the se­ries while also hold­ing Matthews and Toronto’s top unit off the score­sheet.

But the Maple Leafs fi­nally had an an­swer on this night as the Bru­ins’ trio failed to find the range.

The Maple Leafs sealed it with 3:35 left when Mar­leau scored his sec­ond of the night on a 2-on-1 rush, fir­ing a shot past Rask forhis 70th ca­reer play­off goal. DEVILS 5, LIGHT­NING 2: Tay­lor Hall had a goal and two as­sists, set­ting up Ste­fan Noe­sen’s gamewin­ner with 7:05 play, as New Jer­sey scored four times in the third to claw its way back into its first-round se­ries with Tampa Bay. Rookie Will Butcher had a power-play goal ear­lier in the third to tie the score 2-all, and Blake Cole­man and Ben Love­joy added empty net goals late. Cory Sch­nei­der made 34 saves while start­ing in place of Keith Kinkaid. Alex Kil­lorn and Steven Stamkos each had a power-play goal and an as­sist for the Light­ning. Game 4 will be Wed­nes­day in New Jer­sey.

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