The Toronto Maple Leafs took a 2-1 series lead on the Boston Bruins after a hard-fought 3-2 win on Monday.
They did so without Nazem Kadri, who was suspended for the remainder of the series for his crosscheck on Jake DeBrusk in Game 2.
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Not only does Kadri play a pivotal role at even strength, but he’s also a regular fixture on the top power play and penalty kill units, meaning the Leafs had several holes to fill for Game 3.
Tyler Ennis drew into the lineup as the extra forward, while William Nylander took Kadri’s regular spot as third line centre and played a strong defensive game.
Andreas Johnsson got Kadri’s spot on the top power play unit, and he scored the game winning goal for the Leafs late in the second period.
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Johnsson also had an assist on the man advantage earlier in the period on Auston Matthews’ first goal of the playoffs.
Trevor Moore has been great on the fourth line for the Leafs all series, and he opened the scoring with his first career playoff goal early in the second period.
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The Leafs held the one goal lead for the entire third period with the Bruins pressing to tie. Frederik Andersen was great again in goal, making 34 saves in the win.
The Leafs will try to take a stranglehold on the series when they play Game 4 at home on Wednesday (7 pm ET on CBC/Sportsnet).