Bozak's OT goal gives Maple Leafs series lead over Capitals

Apr 20, 2017, 09:11
Bozak's OT goal gives Maple Leafs series lead over Capitals

BOSTON (AP) - Bobby Ryan scored on a tip-in on a power play 5:43 into overtime, and the Ottawa Senators recovered after giving up a three-goal lead to beat the Boston Bruins to take a 2-1 lead in the first-round series.

The first three games have all gone to overtime and, for the second game in a row, the young, upstart Maple Leafs came out on top.

Tyler Bozak scored 1:37 into overtime to cap a comeback from two goals down in the second period, and the Maple Leafs beat the Capitals 4-3 Monday night to take a 2-1 lead in the first-round series.

"Once you get into the playoffs, the seeding doesn't really matter", Matthews said. Toronto's penalty misfortune to begin the series flipped when Lars Eller went off for high-sticking with 16 seconds left in regulation. An early start and an early goal will help the Toronto crowd energize a Maple Leafs team that has played 38:45 of extra hockey through three games.

They'll deny it, of course, but the idea that this team, which has about half the roster on expiring contracts, won't be the same again - win or lose - that's the real deal. "He's had some experiences that a lot of us want and a lot of us pursue".

"Today, for whatever reason, we had tons of energy, energy was not a problem".

"I thought we came out great", Capitals coach Barry Trotz said, "In the first 14 minutes, I thought we had them on their heels, I liked our first period".

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Matthews and Nylander became the first rookies to score in the same mid-April game since Wendel Clark and Steve Thomas in 1986, the year Toronto upset first-place Chicago in the Norris Division best-of-five. Matthews and Kadri added assists and Morgan Rielly contributed two assists for the Maple Leafs.

"Initially, when they're chipping pucks in, we have to do a better job of being patient". Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby has now allowed four goals in back-to-back games.

"You just gotta battle through for sightlines as best you can", Holtby said. We've got to get regrouped tomorrow; we'll get back on track and get ready for a big game. It seems like we didn't push through as well as we can. Fifteen minutes throughout the entire game is not enough. That's a frustrating one. "In order to get into the playoffs, you have to be playing elite hockey".

ST. LOUIS - Devan Dubnyk made 28 saves, Charlie Coyle scored in the first period and the Minnesota Wild avoided elimination with a win over the St. Louis Blues in Game 4 of the first-round playoff series. However, the Capitals got the early jump as they scored twice in the first five minutes with both goals coming from their vaunted top line of Ovechkin, Backstrom and former UND star T.J. Oshie.

At 5:39 of the second period, Kuznetsov scored from a sharp angle on a rebound to restore Washington's two-goal margin.

The Leafs, in the words of coach Mike Babcock, were "amped up, to say the least".

Zaitsev was playing his first game of the series and first in the National Hockey League playoffs after sitting out the opening two games with a suspected concussion. A longer term and less encouraging trend, though, is that since 2011 Washington is only 3-5 as a road favorite in the playoffs.

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The Wizards took care of business on Sunday, protecting home court in Game 1 of the first round of the playoffs. The power play got us a big goal and the penalty kill, in particular on the 5 on 3, was outstanding.

Kadri's first goal of the playoffs found its way through at 15:13 of the second period to cut the lead to one.

Dubnyk's second playoff shutout came nearly two years to the day of his first, also against the Blues on April 20, 2015.

"In the last minute, we can't give up a goal", Trotz said. "They've had some shifts and some zone time, and now they just need to get on the board a little bit".

Everyone picked the Washington Capitals to win the 2017 Stanley Cup.

All three games so far have been decided in overtime.

Some of the biggest goals so far have come from surprising players, too, from Zack Kassian scoring two game-winning goals for the Edmonton Oilers to put them up 2-1 the San Jose Sharks to Tanner Glass having a game-winner for the New York Rangers.

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