The Toronto Maple Leafs came back from a two-goal deficit and rallied past the Washington Capitals for a thrilling 4-3 overtime victory in Game 3 on Monday.
Thoughts and Observations
Two heroes from Monday’s game wereTyler Bozak
. Bozak scored the game-winning goal on the power play, while Kadri was everywhere on the ice and his physical shift, which was highlighted by a massive hit onBrooks Orpik
, kick started the series of events leading toAuston Matthews
goal. When you consider how fans viewed Bozak and Kadri the last time the Leafs were in the playoffs, and the tear down they’ve endured, it was hard not to feel good for both of these players.
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The Capitals looked like, well, the Capitals in the first period. They were possessing the puck, using the middle of the ice in transition, their defencemen were pinching into shooting lanes when the Caps gained zone entry, it was the typical Caps’ style of hockey we’ve watched this season. However, for whatever reason, it only lasted a period and we never really saw the same Capitals team for the rest of the night.
Meanwhile, the Leafs have dictated the pace of play against Washington and their ability to constantly win puck battles by using their foot speed has been a tremendous asset. Time and time again this series, we’ve seen the Leafs gain zone entry off the wing, flip the puck by the defencemen and simply outwork the Caps’ defenceman in order to regain possession. The Leafs speed advantage is what makes this series eerily familiar to last year’s Penguins-Caps series where the Penguins exploited the Capitals with their speed.
If you want to see textbook Leafs, check out Kadri’s goal. The Leafs gained zone entry, cycled the puck, got traffic in front of the net and outworked the Capitals until they were able to get the puck towards the net. It was a a fantastic goal to watch.
Aside from the Leafs’ speed giving the Capitals trouble, Washington had a hard time hitting the net with their shot, especially on the power play. If they were able to hit the net on a few of their shots, who knows how this game would have played it.
What a play byBraden Holtby
. This series isn’t going to end in five.
To Modano’s credit, he did revise his tweet following the game.
I think this is as close as we’re going to get to a celebration from Lou Lamoriello.
It’s been a while for the Leafs.
So you’re saying there’s a chance…
Maple Leafs Square was electric when Bozak scored the game-winner in overtime. Here’s a look.
Stat of the Night
The Washington Capitals took 13:25 to register a shot in the third period. Yes, the high-octane Capitals took an astounding 13:25 to fire a shot on Andersen. For the most part, Andersen wasn’t tested too much during the third period and the Leafs dominated the Capitals, finishing the period with 28 shot attempts in comparison to the Capitals 9.
Game 4 will take place at the Air Canada Centre on Wednesday night with puck drop scheduled for 7 p.m.
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