Bozak's OT goal gives Leafs 2-1 series lead


After two overtime thrillers at the Verizon Center in Washington, the Toronto Maple Leafs (1-1) and the Washington Capitals (1-1) will head to the Air Canada Centre in Toronto for game 3 Monday night, in a 1-1 series. "So that hasn't changed". The Toronto Maple Leafs have won 10 of their last 13 games when allowing three or less goals.

That showed on the first goal of the game, when Schmidt raced toward Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen on a two-on-one with Backstrom just 2:43 into the game. It'll be a great environment. you'll get chills down your spine when you're on the bench for both teams. The blend of speed and skill between Matthews and Nylander, along with the force and persistence of Hyman, were just too much for the Capitals to handle. Matthews broke his brief playoff dry spell with his two points and six shots (more than the first two games combined) while Nylander managed nine shot. Hyman dumped the puck behind the Caps net and four Caps players chased after it. The guys are young guys, they're fired up, they want to do well. It'll be an exciting environment and then as the game goes on the fans are no different probably than the players - they're playing every shift with you.

Tyler Bozak's game-winner Monday was just Toronto's third since National Hockey League expansion to come on a power play, joining Mats Sundin and Mike Gartner. Hyman played the familiar role of muscle, helping to set up a goal before drawing the Lars Eller high-sticking penalty which led to Tyler Bozak's overtime victor. It feels like we have proven ourselves that we're worthy to be here, so I think it's good to take advantage of the opportunity and make the most of it instead of being in awe of what's going on around us. "Obviously, Boyle's (line) was a huge factor in Game 2 on the scoresheet, but I think lots of times when you're playing real well you don't necessarily score".

The young Leafs appear to be coming of age so far in this series against the Presidents' Trophy victor.

"We're going to give them a run for their money", Kapanen said.

"It really goes a long way when your coach looks you in the eye and says you have earned the right to be here, you have earned the right to compete and play with these guys and then we go out there and we've put forth an effort that we can be proud of". So everything is magnified, that's all.

The 25-year-old will replace Polak on a pairing with Jake Gardiner, a duo that should match up against the Capitals' top line of Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and T.J. Oshie.

All three games have gone to overtime.

Look ahead: The series stays in Toronto for Game 4 on Wednesday then returns to Washington for Game 5 on Friday. The Maple Leafs didn't get a puck on net until midway through the period.

Could Toronto send the favorites to an early elimination?

The Maple Leafs failed on their first four power-play chances in the series, but the fifth time was the charm.

Ryan got free in the zone, tapping it in on assists by Kyle Turris and Erik Karlsson.

Ovechkin and defenseman John Carlson added goals for Washington. Clarke MacArthur, Chris Wideman and Derick Brassard also scored for the Senators and Craig Anderson made 26 saves.

Mike Babcock's post-game comments after his team's dramatic come-from-behind 4-3 OT victory in Game 3 against Washington.

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) " Corey Perry scored 1:30 into overtime as the Anaheim Ducks rallied from three goals down to take a 3-0 series lead in the first-round series.

Noel Acciari and David Backes also scored for the Bruins.

Filip Forsberg erased Chicago's two-goal third period lead by himself.

Crawford stopped 46 shots in the defeat, while Pekka Rinne made 34 saves for Nashville.

Wednesday night's total is set at 5.5 goals.

Ovechkin, whose team will now face further scrutiny about its string of playoff failures, did not hide after the 4-3 overtime loss. The game is over if they score.