Andreas Johnsson expertly fills that other role vacated by Nazem Kadri

Andreas Johnsson expertly fills that other role vacated by Nazem Kadri

Andreas Johnsson expertly fills that other role vacated by Nazem Kadri

His cross-check on Jake DeBrusk in Game 2, to them, looked an bad lot like what Kadri did to Luke Glendening three years ago, a play that resulted in a four-game suspension.

And all four of Kadri's previous suspensions also involved him targeting an opponent's head, a no-no in today's game.

The Leafs will be looking to rebound Monday following a physical and emotional Game 2 that saw the Bruins come out swinging - literally and figuratively - following a sub-par performance in Toronto's emphatic 4-1 victory in the opener. Johnsson's heads-up pass helped result in Auston Matthews' first point of the series, coming when Johnsson set up Matthews for a goal a mere 12 seconds after David Backes started serving a high-sticking minor ... "It's real simple. The team that played the hardest won Game 1".

That allowed Charlie Coyle to get one back for Boston just 37.3 seconds before the second intermission.

With Nazem Kadri and the apparent voluntary forfeiture of depth through the middle dominating the discourse leading into Game 3, the focus was directed primarily to William Nylander's transition to third-line centre and the heightened pressure that now faced the Toronto Maple Leafs' top two units. Both are making the trip to Toronto but whether they are physically ready to go is another story which would play into the Leafs favour. The Leafs goaltender made several big saves to hold off the Bruins, and the score stood at 0-0 heading into the second period. Rask went tumbling backwards, but stayed in the game after stretching out his neck and left shoulder.

For the Maple Leafs, Andersen is 1-1 with a 2.50 GAA and.937 save percentage.

"It was great. I love it", Rielly said. He was offered an in-person hearing by the NHL, meaning the league had the option to suspend him for more than five games.

The refereeing of Brad Meier and Trevor Hanson in Game 2 wasn't exactly brilliant, for either the Leafs or the Bruins, and Babcock had an interesting answer when asked whether he was surprised with what was not called during the game.

"The edge for everybody's a little bit different, to be honest with you", Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock said before the National Hockey League handed down its decision.

Scoreless following a spirited first period, the offensive floodgates opened in the second.

Toronto took a 1-0 lead at 2:38 when Moore poked a loose puck home after Morgan Rielly's initial shot rattled around between Rask's pads for his first career playoff goal.

The Bruins, though, as they would later in the period when the Leafs took a two-goal lead, fought back quickly to score. "I've played on the power play in the regular season, but it was nice (to contribute) tonight".

The Leafs got another power-play chance six minutes later and buried that one, too.

But the Bruins quickly reminded the Leafs why they finished ahead of them in the Atlantic Division race when Leafs defenceman Jake Muzzin took a holding penalty late in the period.

He has emerged as an outstanding shutdown center that also has the 30-goal ability, and is also signed for three more years after this one at a team-friendly rate of just $4.5 million per season.

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