Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Washington Capitals - 4/17/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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(AP Photo/Charles Krupa). Ottawa Senators right wing Bobby Ryan, facing front, celebrates with teammates after his game-winning goal off Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask (40) during overtime in Game 3 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series in Bosto.

Toronto looked inept in all three zones, sending passes flying well past their intended targets and losing every battle.

The Leafs held the Caps without a shot for the first 13-plus minutes of a dominant third, but failed to score with a pair of power plays. "It's been a little bit of an uphill battle".

"It's a good feeling. We re-grouped between periods and came out strong".

Martin says Kadri's not the only Leaf with a "burning fire" inside. The big shift seemed to invigorate the Leafs, as Kadri was subbed off by Auston Matthews who picked up the puck in his own zone and, cheered on by 19 000 towel-waving Torontonians, went straight up the middle, ripped a shot which Holtby saved, only for the Leafs' rookie sensation to beat the Caps defence to the rebound which he buried to cut the deficit in half.

Tyler Bozak has the Toronto Maple Leafs believing they could just pull off a big upset in the first round of the playoffs.

"They're playing with confidence, they're competitive, they want to win and they're great people", Babcock said of Rielly and Gardiner. I didn't think we were awful but our reads defensively all night weren't very good. We need some rhythm coming off our bench, sometimes you get too carried away and get no rhythm. "There was never any doubt in the room".

He was Saturday night's hero with two goals and the shot that lifted the Maple Leafs to a win in Game 2 of the first-round series with Washington. Period two would feature goals from Alexander Ovechkin and John Carlson for Washington, and Kasperi Kapanen and Morgan Rielly for Toronto. Air Canada Centre in Toronto will be a mad-house as this is the Leafs first postseason appearance since the 2013-14 season.

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

"And obviously now if you talk to our guys, our guys think they're a good hockey team", Babcock said after the latest victory, Toronto's first on home ice in the playoffs in almost four years. I've lived where you're the underdog and you're not supposed to win and I've lived where you're the best team in hockey and you're supposed to win. You've got three of them on a line. "Sometimes when you get ahead in the games you zip the puck around and it looks like the other team is standing still".

Because they lost, the Caps can also lament how they played. The Leafs speed advantage is what makes this series eerily familiar to last year's Penguins-Caps series where the Penguins exploited the Capitals with their speed. "I remember what it was like the last time we were in the playoffs". To that end, it took him just 95 seconds of his first career National Hockey League playoff game to score, diving to direct a puck past Caps goalie Braden Holtby early in the first period of Game 1 on Thursday. But once again, the home team killed the penalty.

The Leafs started the overtime period on the power play thanks to a Lars Eller high-sticking penalty at the end of regulation.

While attending Game 2, Maslakow was shown briefly on the televised broadcast, his face painted with a Maple Leafs logo, his beard dyed blue and an unlit cigarette dangling from his mouth.

Monday's game featured 73 hits, with Toronto leading the way with 42. But Monday the rest of the team had to pick Andersen up, after those defensive breakdowns helped get him in trouble off the bat.

Predators 3, Blackhawks 2 • Nashville scored twice in the third period to send the game to overtime, then got a goal from Kevin Fiala at 16:44 of the extra period to take a 3-0 lead on visiting Chicago. In game 2, James van Riemsdyk found the back of the net first. A shortside strike in the second by Evgeny Kuznetsov, similar to Tom Wilson's overtime-winner in Game 1 but off a Marcus Johansson rebound, was a tricky play but one Andersen should have had.

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