Leafs forward Leo Komarov to miss Game 3 against Boston

Jose Verdugo
Abril 17, 2018

And in the 2016 draft, the year the Maple Leafs selected Auston Matthews first overall, the Bruins wound up selecting defenceman Charlie McAvoy with the 14th pick overall. They're on (Saturday night).

The Leafs beat the Bruins 4-2 in Game 3 at the Air Canada Centre on Saturday night, trimming Boston's lead in the series to 2-1. But the Leafs came back quickly and took the lead 43 seconds later. They will be tasked with matching up against Boston's high-scoring trio of Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak. Mitch Marner did. And so numerous Leafs appeared to follow, bringing back the speed and intensity that had seemingly gone missing in Boston. Since joining the Maple Leafs via a trade with the Montreal Canadiens, Plekanec has been quiet in the offensive end - he was acquired for his defense. Gliding down to the left circle, Patrick Marleau ripped his second goal of the game with 3:35 remaining in regulation to give the Leafs some insurance.

The Leafs will be without their best defensive forward, Leo Komarov.

Toronto's defense has been sliced and diced, and its penalty kill has been embarrassed by the ferocity and efficiency of the Boston attack. The goal came moments after Andersen made a ridiculous glove save from his belly on David Krejci with Nash and Travis Dermott battling in the blue paint.

Neither team scored in the third period. Despite another early surge for the Leafs in the third period, it was Pastrnak who scored the first goal of the period and his second of the game. Replays showed the puck hit the glass, which meant there shouldn't have been any penalty call.

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The Bruins power play was also a difference maker in both wins.

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Adam McQuaid and Zdeno Chara replied for Boston. This, after the first line accounted for two goals and four assists in the 5-1 victory in the series opener. With over 15 years of experience (SiriusXM NHL Network Radio, ESPNBoston, NESN, NHL.com, etc.) covering the NHL, NCAA and junior hockey, Jimmy Murphy's hockey black book is full of Hall of Famers, current players, coaches, management, scouts and a wide array of hockey media personalities that have lived in and around this great game. Rick Nash ended up with the game-winner. Nikita Zaitsev, who has struggled so much of the season, may have saved his best game for the most important game of the season. He was on the ice when Tyler Bozak scored to cut Boston's lead to 5-2 midway through the second period. Matthews led all forwards with five shots on goal ...

With his three-point effort in Game 1, Pastrnak is now up to nine points.

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