Maple Leafs Beat Caps, Takes 2-1 Series Lead

Maple Leafs Beat Caps, Takes 2-1 Series Lead

TORONTO – Tyler Bozak hit the target during the overtime period to lead the Maple Leafs to a 4-3 victory over the Washington Capitals on Monday night in Toronto.

Former Montreal Canadiens Lars Eller had a penalty at the end of the third period and Bozak took advantage of this numerical advantage to score the winning goal.

Toronto took a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference quarter-finals.

Capitals strike early

As the series moved to the Air Canada Center, the Capitals found the perfect way to silence the crowd early in the game. Nicklas Backstrom and Alexander Ovechkin hit the target with less than five minutes of play.

Rookie Auston Matthews, however, narrowed the gap by the end of the first twenty. This is his first career goal in the playoffs.

Evgeny Kuznetsov gave the visitors a two-goal lead. Marcus Johansson took a shot from Frederik Andersen. Kuznetsov however captured the return and made the red light flicker, despite a difficult angle.

The character of the Leafs

In the middle of the median period, the Capitals enjoyed a two-player advantage. However, the Leafs had the best opportunity to score. Mitchell Marner escaped, but Braden Holtby got his net and surprised Marner by pulling the puck out.

Despite the little experience, the players of the crowd’s favorites rolled up their sleeves. Nazem Kadri scored his first goal of the playoffs, before seeing William Nylander create the tie with 40 seconds to make to the engagement.

Holtby finally pushed 24 of the 28 slices pointing at him.

At the other end of the ice, Andersen gave three goals on 26 shots.

The fourth game of the series will take place on Wednesday.

The Capitals had to cope without the services of defender Karl Alzner, who suffers from an upper body injury. For their part, the Maple Leafs could count on the return to play of the defender Nikita Zaitsev. He had missed the first two matches because of a concussion.

In the regular season, the 25-year-old had played in his 82 games.

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