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Bruins Notes: Frederik Andersen Lifts Leafs With Much-Improved Game 3 Performance

17 April 2018, 10:22 | Charlene Valdez

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Center Patrice Bergeron and wingers Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak accounted for 14 points in the Bruins' 7-3 win over Toronto on Saturday night at the Garden. "You've got to give them credit".

With the Bruins' net empty and Toronto clinging to a 4-2 lead, the puck found Pastnrak in prime area - as it has so much in this series - before the postseason's leading scoring let one rip but was foiled by the paddle of the sprawling Andersen's twig.

The Leafs will have the final change in the games in Toronto, and they would seem to have a better chance of finding those openings at home.

The momentum shifted once again, as Zdeno Chara tied the game just three minutes later, roofing a shot at a tough angle near the Leafs' net.

Pastrnak would have another opportunity with one minute left on the power play, but Toronto goaltender Frederik Andersen made the save.

Marleau, 38 (and 213 days), also became the oldest Leafs playoff goal scorer in team history. It was the defense. Not every goal against has been his fault, though, with the Bruins continuously being allowed to skate right to Andersen's crease for a scoring chance. He moved the puck well as evident from his stretch pass to Marner to set up Marleau's first goal to give Toronto a 2-1 lead in the second period.

James Van Riemsdyk, Leafs Forward says, "We're upbeat".

Taylor Hall, Devils: Hall scored unassisted to tie the game in 1-1 in the first period and then was the primary assist on Will Butcher's game-tying goal in the second and Stefan Noesen's eventual game-winner later in the period. He was down on the ice on all fours but eventually made his way to the Bruins locker room. Toronto defenceman Ron Hainsey has been relied on heavily, playing 10:59 on the penalty kill in two games. He was forced into making creative saves through most of the game and did a great job keeping everything but the first two out.

Plekanec was at his plucky best in an increased role in the middle of the second line with Patrick Marleau and Mitch Marner, helping keep the top line of the Boston Bruins off the scoresheet - for one night anyway - at the Air Canada Centre on Monday. Especially after a rough game. A healthier Matt Grzelcyk bumping Nick Holden from the lineup would work wonders, too.

The good thing for the B's is that they get to lick their wounds as they get a short break. Kasperi Kapanen nearly got the lead back for the Leafs with a shot that beat Rask but rang off iron.

- Bruins forward Sean Kuraly assisted on both of Boston's goals, giving him three points in the series. The young guns need to be able to relax and not be forcing plays. With the exception of the Kings, those that returned home in a series deficit responded with a resounding, confidence-lifting Game 3 win.

Before the series began it was expected to be a battle between a strong defensive team in the Bruins and a high-powered offensive team in Toronto.

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