Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Maple Leafs shock Capitals in OT, again

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Tyler Bozak scored 1:37 into overtime to cap Toronto’s comeback from two goals down in the second period, and the Maple Leafs beat the visiting Washington Capitals, 4-3, Monday night to take a 2-1 lead in the first-round series.

Auston Matthews and Nazem Kadri each had a goal and an assist, and William Nylander also scored for Toronto. Frederik Andersen made 23 saves.

Toronto trailed 2-0 in the first period, and then 3-1 early in the second before Kadri and Nylander scored 4:07 apart late to tie the score in the final minute of the period.

Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Evgeny Kuznetsov all scored for the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Capitals. Braden Holtby stopped 24 shots.

All three games so far have been decided in overtime and Toronto has won the past two. Game 4 is Wednesday night.

The Maple Leafs were hosting their first playoff game in almost four years and coming off an exciting double-overtime win in Game 2.

The Capitals, however, got the early jump as they scored twice in the first five minutes with both goals coming from their top line of Ovechkin, Backstrom and T.J. Oshie.

Nate Schmidt, who was filling in for an injured Karl Alzner, got the first one started by rushing into the Toronto zone with speed before finding Backstrom crashing the net across the ice. The Swede stuffed in a shot short-side.

Nikita Zaitsev was playing his first game of the series and first in the NHL playoffs after sitting out two games with a suspected concussion.

He came up short again on the Capitals’ second goal, giving just a little too much room to Ovechkin, whose slap shot beat Andersen high from the left faceoff circle.

It was the second goal on two shots to beat Andersen, who had outplayed reigning Vezina trophy winner Braden Holtby in the first two games.

Washington looked crisp and confident early, cycling pucks with authority in the Toronto end. But they generated few shots or scoring chances beyond the goals and the Leafs pushed back with Matthews’ first of the series.

Other game

Senators 4, Bruins 3: Bobby Ryan scored on a tip-in on a power play 5:43 into overtime as visiting Ottawa recovered after giving up a three- goal lead to beat Boston and take a 2-1 lead in the first-round series. Ryan got free in the zone, tapping it in on assists by Kyle Turris and Erik Karlsson. Mike Hoffman added two goals for Ottawa, with Derick Brassard scoring the other.

 ?? Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP ?? Toronto Maple Leafs center Tyler Bozak, left, celebrates his winning goal Monday against the Washington Capitals in Toronto.
Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP Toronto Maple Leafs center Tyler Bozak, left, celebrates his winning goal Monday against the Washington Capitals in Toronto.

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