Matthews, Marleau help Maple Leafs down Bruins
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.
The Maple Leafs’ Auston Matthews celebrates after scoring against the Bruins.