LIVE: Leafs power play strikes twice as Toronto carries lead into final frame vs. Bruins

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LIVE: Leafs power play strikes twice as Toronto carries lead into final frame vs. Bruins


The Toronto Maple Leafs return home to Scotiabank Arena for a crucial Game 3 matchup against the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Join us as we track the game’s progress with a collection of tweets and full updates after each period (find the first and second period takeaways below the live tracker).

Leafs center Auston Matthews celebrates after scoring in the second period.
Leafs center Auston Matthews celebrates after scoring in the second period.  (Steve Russell / Toronto Star)

You can also follow @StarSports on Twitter to catch the full post-game reaction from the Toronto Star’s sports scribes.

Bruins 2, Leafs 3

After a scoreless first period, these two teams found another gear on offence, with five goals in the middle 20 minutes.

Toronto got goals from Trevor Moore, Auston Matthews and Andreas Johnsson, who had maybe his best period of the playoffs so far.

Boston replied with goals from David Krejci and Charlie Coyle. Both teams struck on the power play, with Toronto clicking twice and Boston replying at the end of the period to pull back within one.

Boston also got a scare earlier when goalie Tuuka Rask was slammed in his crease on a collision with Leafs center John Tavares.

Bruins defenceman Charlie McAvoy shoved Tavares just before he collided with Rask. The Boston goalie stayed down on the ice for several moments. Team trainers came onto the ice, and Rask was seen trying to shake his glove hand, as if to get some feeling back into it.

Rask remained in the game, and was very busy, as the Leafs, after trailing in shots after one period (15-10), outshot Boston 16-11 in the second.

First period takeaways:

Bruins 0, Leafs 0

This Leafs crowd was in no mood to let that “quiet” narrative continue.

With a long standing observation that Scotiabank Arena is quiet compared to other arena crowds around the NHL, Leafs fans showed up in roaring form for game 3 on Monday night.

Player intros were amped up, with the loudest noise being raised for goalie Freddie Andersen. Long time critics and writers even tweeted how this crowd was the best they’d heard in years for a Leafs game.

The game itself opened with a palpable tension and adrenaline. Leafs players took the body, but also skated hard all over the ice; there was no backing down against the physical Bruins. There was no let down, either, as we saw in game two in Boston.

No score, though. Andersen was tough and solid on an in-close chance for Bruins sniper David Pastrnak, then flashed the glove on a Charlie McAvoy slapper from the point.

Toronto generated chances, but nothing overly threatening for Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask.

So, into the first intermission we go: no score, Boston up in shots, 15-10

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