Toronto Maple Leafs: Frederik Andersen gets redemption in Game 3

TORONTO, ON - APRIL 16: Frederik Andersen
TORONTO, ON - APRIL 16: Frederik Andersen /

After dropping the first two games of the series, Frederik Andersen comes up big as the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Boston Bruins in Game 3.

When Zdeno Chara tied the game in the second period on a terrible angle, it felt like it was going to be one of those night for Frederik Andersen and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

All was forgiven in the third period, however, as Andersen stopped 18 shots to give the Leafs a 4-2 win, as they pulled within a game of the Boston Bruins, who now lead the series 2-1.

The Leafs’ effort in Game 3 was completely different altogether, as they were physical from the very start. That is when they were able to open things up with the stretch pass that was leaving the Bruins off-balance at times.

If they wanted to continue this series, the Leafs needed a balanced effort from all four lines.

A big surprise to some, Tomas Plekanec was promoted to play with Patrick Marleau and Mitch Marner made an impact, as they did not look overwhelmed against the Bruins’ top line.

What ultimately made the difference was the Auston Matthews goal, which was like going back in a time machine.

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Another noticeable improvement was the fourth line. Andreas Johnsson and Kasperi Kapanen could’ve had a couple of goals on the night, especially Kapenen, who had one go off the post.

None of that would have meant anything unless Andersen was on his game, because when he wasn’t, the Leafs were on shaky ground.

The third period might have been his best performance for the Blue and White, with the Bruins pressing and the amount of pressure that was on him to lock down the fort.

There were breakdowns that allowed clear-cut chances for Boston but Andersen was dialed, especially on one particular moment involving David Pastrnak.

The obvious irony is how Pastrnak was so dominant in the first two games, yet Andersen didn’t let that phase him.

Now the team needs to take the energy and momentum from this win and tie the series. They certainly have a blueprint to follow from this game, but also need to keep in mind that the Bruins will have an answer in Game 4.

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