Leafs re­bound against Bru­ins


Aus­ton Matthews scored the go-ahead goal in the sec­ond pe­riod as the Toronto Maple Leafs de­feated Bos­ton 4-2 on Mon­day to cut the Bru­ins’ lead in their first-round se­ries to 21.

Patrick Mar­leau, with two, and James van Riems­dyk also scored for Toronto, while Mitch Marner and Mor­gan Rielly added two as­sists each.

Fred­erik An­der­sen made 40 saves to get the win.

Adam McQuaid and Zdeno Chara replied for Bos­ton. Sean Ku­raly had two as­sists for the Bru­ins, who got 26 stops from Tuukka Rask.

The Leafs will look to even the Eastern Con­fer­ence quar­ter-fi­nal in Thurs­day’s Game 4 be­fore the se­ries shifts back to Bos­ton for Game 5 on Satur­day.

Held point­less through 120 min­utes where Toronto was outscored, out­mus­cled and out­played in los­ing by a com­bined 12-4 score­line at TD Gar­den, Matthews snapped a 2-2 tie with 5:13 left in the sec­ond when he ri­fled a shot short­side up­stairs on Rask from a sharp an­gle af­ter a great feed down low by Wil­liam Ny­lan­der.

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

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

The Bru­ins’ power play — a ridicu­lous five for 10 in the se­ries com­ing into Mon­day — got its first op­por­tu­nity early in the third, but Pas­tr­nak hit the post off a feed from Rick Nash.

The Leafs fi­nally 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 for the 70th play­off goal of the vet­eran winger’s ca­reer.

Pulled af­ter al­low­ing three goals on five shots in the first pe­riod of Game 2, An­der­sen robbed Pas­tr­nak on a jaw­drop­ping div­ing stick save with Rask on the bench for an ex­tra at­tacker with just over two min­utes to go to help pre­serve Toronto’s win.

Toronto led 1-0 af­ter the first, but Bos­ton tied things at 3:06 of the sec­ond when McQuaid’s shot from the point squeezed un­der An­der­sen’s pad and drib­bled in. The goal came mo­ments af­ter An­der­sen made a ridicu­lous glove save from his belly on David Kre­jci

with Nash and Travis Der­mott bat­tling in the blue paint.

The Leafs went back ahead 43 sec­onds later when Marner con­trolled a pass off the boards from Rielly be­fore feed­ing Mar­leau in front.

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