Bozak, who had the winning goal in Game 3, got Toronto within one with 26 seconds left, but Washington held on from there.
"I think you go into every series hoping that you win every game, but the reality of the playoffs - and you can look around at any of the series for the most part - the teams that are in the playoffs are very, very good", said Trotz. It was Washington that won the majority of battles and races, those in white sweaters often hogging the puck for long stints in the Toronto zone. Toronto's back line has already been compromised with Nikita Zaitsev missing the first two contests of the series due to a suspected concussion, although the rookie may have let the cat out of the bag by posting (and later deleting) the following tweet: "See you soon Toronto".
Game two in Washington was a do or die kind of game and that's just how they treated it, bringing it into double overtime and then sealing the deal to even out the series. But they generated few shots or scoring chances beyond the goals and the Leafs pushed back with Matthews' first of the series.
"Not at all", said the Leafs winger, who bumped with his KHL buddy in the course of eight combined hits for the pair in Game 3.
Washington had a chance to put the Leafs away after Kuznetsov upped the lead back to two with his first of the post-season, but Toronto's penalty kill managed to bend but not break on a full two-minute five-on-three Capitals power play - one that Martin Marincin played the entirety of. The unit stood tall again a short while later when the club was called for too many men.
From gloom to bloom, the Leafs finished dead last in the 2015-16 standings and are now beating the best team in the National Hockey League in the playoffs one year later.
Matthews' line was dominant in Game 3 and his linemates, William Nylander and Zach Hyman, gave the Capitals fits all night.
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There might not be any tiny cowbells ringing when the Maple Leafs return home for Game 3 of their first-round series against the Capitals.
What happens if Frederik Andersen stands on his head again or if Ovechkin can not punch through Toronto's threadbare defence? You got to focus on what you can do and play the system that we're supposed to.
Tyler Bozak scored the overtime victor after the Leafs dug out from deficits of 2-0 and 3-1, controlling large swaths of play against a team that piled up 55 wins and 118 points during the regular season.
Ryan got free in the zone, tapping it in on assists by Kyle Turris and Erik Karlsson.
Mike Hoffman scored twice and Derick Brassard had a goal for Ottawa.
Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews yells after a collision during the third period in Game 3 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series against the Nashville Predators Monday, April 17, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. They came back from an early two goal deficit to beat the Caps in overtime in Game 3. Noel Acciari, David Backes and David Pastrnak answered for the Bruins in their second straight three-goal second period. Tuukka Rask stopped 28 shots. But then Boston finally got going on the offensive end. There was nothing he could do from the penalty box but feel shame. The Capitals again got two shots on goal but failed to extend their lead. He has been the best player on the ice in both of Washington's wins this series.
The Wild's struggles are arguable the most perplexing. Hoffman controlled the puck and easily tapped it by Rask into the right corner of the net. When he filled in for Shattenkirk towards the end of the season he was paired with Brooks Orpik, skating on the right side, but if he plays Monday night he would be on the left, a change he prepared for during Monday's skate.