Matthews, Mar­leau help Maple Leafs down Bru­ins

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TORONTO: Aus­ton Matthews got the goa­head goal in the sec­ond pe­riod, Patrick Mar­leau scored twice, 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 to help Toronto pull to 2-1 in the best-of-seven se­ries. 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.

At Newark, Tay­lor Hall had a goal and two as­sists, set­ting up Ste­fan Noe­sen’s game-win­ner with 7:05 to play, and New Jer­sey scored four times in the third to beat Tampa Bay 5-3 in Game 3.

Rookie Will Butcher had a power-play goal ear­lier in the third to tie the score twoall, and Blake Cole­man and Ben Love­joy added empty net goals late. Cory Sch­nei­der made 34 saves while start­ing in place of Keith Kinkaid.

Sch­nei­der sur­vived a late power play to nail down the win and helped the Devils to a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven firstround se­ries.

At San Jose, Joonas Don­skoi scored one goal and set up an­other to start a four­goal bar­rage in the sec­ond pe­riod and San Jose raced past Ana­heim 8-1 for the third straight game to take a 3-0 se­ries lead.

Don­skoi scored and then set up Mar­cus Sorensen in the open­ing four min­utes of the sec­ond pe­riod to seize con­trol of the game and se­ries.

Eric Fehr and To­mas Hertl added goals later in the sec­ond to turn this all-Cal­i­for­nia se­ries into a rout.

Lo­gan Cou­ture had a goal and two as­sists, Joe Pavel­ski, Evan­der Kane and Timo Meier scored power-play goals in the third pe­riod, for the Sharks, who have outscored the Ducks 14-3 through the first three games of the first-round se­ries.

Mar­tin Jones made 45 saves, the most for a Sharks goalie in a reg­u­la­tion play­off game.

San Jose will look to com­plete the sweep in Game 4 at home tonight.

Rickard Rakell scored a power-play goal for Ana­heim, who have scored three goals all se­ries — in­clud­ing just one at even strength.

At Den­ver, Nathan MacKin­non scored twice, in­clud­ing one as part of a three-goal first pe­riod and an­other to chase Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne from the game, and Colorado pulled to 2-1 in the first-round se­ries with a 5-3 win.

Blake Comeau and Gabriel Bourque also scored in a fu­ri­ous open­ing pe­riod that revved up a pom-pom wav­ing ca­pac­ity crowd. Gabriel Lan­deskog was cred­ited with an empty-net goal for the Avalanche, who snapped a 12-game skid against the Preda­tors.

MacKin­non’s goal at 4:25 of the sec­ond pe­riod gave Colorado a 4-0 lead.

AP

The Maple Leafs’ Aus­ton Matthews cel­e­brates af­ter scor­ing against the Bru­ins.

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