The Toronto Maple Leafs host the Boston Bruins in Game 3 of their first-round series. Here’s everything you need to know to watch.
The Boston Bruins are playing the most impressive hockey in the NHL. The Toronto Maple Leafs, by extension, are looking mediocre at best and embarrassing at worst.
After taking charge of the series with a 5-1 victory in Game 1, the Bruins’ dominance began to envelop the talk circuit of the hockey world. Impressive performances from David Pastrnak, Brad Marchand and Tuukka Rask became focal points for pundits. The Leafs, in contrast, garnered a degree of notoriety for all of the wrong reasons. Missed opportunities, sloppy defending and a suspension to Nazem Kadri — the team’s No. 2 center — spelled a rude awakening to the postseason for fans in the 6ix.
To the astonishment of many, the command of Game 1 ran rampant in Game 2. The same faces led the way as the Bruins stomped the Leafs with a 7-3 victory. Pastrnak capped the night with three goals and three assists, while fellow linemates Patrice Bergeron and Marchand each earned four helpers. And even though Mitch Marner and Zach Hyman showed signs of promise, the rest of Toronto’s lineup looked like hockey’s equivalent of a deer caught in the trance of headlights.
If the Leafs want to keep their Stanley Cup aspirations alive, then Monday night’s matchup is a must-win game. This starts with containing the Bruins’ top line. It’ll be no easy task, as Marchand, Bergeron and Pastrnak have garnered a combined total of 20 points over the course of just two games. However, the argument can be made that the Bruins’ astonishing performances are unsustainable, in that it’ll be increasingly difficult to win games by such large margins as the weeks progress.
For Boston, the sole objective is to win Game 3. There’s little doubt that playing in front of almost 20,000 screaming fans will provide the Leafs with a much needed pick-me-up. Should the Buds develop a lead, the momentum will inevitably shift in Toronto’s favor. That said, memories of the not-so-distant past continue to loom large. As such, expect the Bruins to want to remind Toronto’s fans of the painful echoes of 2013.
Boston Bruins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs — Game 3
Date: Monday, April 16
Location: Air Canada Centre
Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
TV: CBC, TVA Sports, NBCSN
Live Stream: Watch live on Fubo TV. Sign up now for a free trial.
Monday night promises to be a true test for the ages. It’s in the midst of times like these that the Buds’ so-called “Big 3” — Auston Matthews, William Nylander and Mitch Marner — can prove to the hockey world that they are, in fact, destined for superstardom.