Leafs are down but not out of tight series against Capitals

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Shots were 27-25 for Washington at the end of regulation. The Bruins are trying to overcome a 3-1 series deficit for the first time in franchise history. Not the best of nights for Ovie.

"We have to be disappointed that it was an opportunity blown, but excited at a big challenge that we can show our character here", said Pacioretty, who led the team in regular-season goals but hasn't scored in the playoffs. Instead, the Leafs seem to get to Ovechkin, and Ovechkin let his emotions get the best of him, as the nasty side of this Maple Leafs-Capitals first round playoff series has come to the fore in the fourth overtime game of the series.

"When you don't score there, it's deflating a little", Oshie said.

In the 1970s, Glennie made a living with hip checks.

And still it didn't feel right for a team that has Bobby Baun and Glennie getting nailed for the penalty.

Ovechkin slowly got up and was assisted off the ice by a pair of teammates, but returned for the second period.

The Caps tried to get at Kadri, who was assessed a tripping minor at 17:32. He whacked the Leafs centre on the arm before Niskanen followed up with a slash to Kadri's right leg. The Leafs would manage a breakout when Ovechkin chose to try to call for a puck-over-glass call rather than chase a clearing attempt and Komarov won the race. Game 5 is set for Friday in Washington.

Even the shot totals are, incredibly, dead even: 175 to 175. As for baseball, there may be as many as 5,000 Jays seats on offer, but Papp notes that's a sport with more games and more secondary tickets in general. Their issue is not utilizing their killer instinct when they have a chance.

But otherwise Holtby was spectacular, collecting 24 saves and shutting down the high-powered Leafs' power play on four separate occasions, bouncing back from several subpar efforts.

Brian Boyle, by far the Leafs most experienced post-season player, said the games only get harder as a series goes deeper. The Leafs did come up with a huge penalty kill earlier in the third period when Jake Gardiner went off for a foolish high sticking penalty.

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Tom Wilson battles Maple Leafs defenseman Martin Marincin for the puck during third period of Game 3. Not so much Friday night.

"Trotzy (Caps coach Barry Trotz) probably thought it should have been a major and I thought there should have been no penalty", Babcock said. He barely played after that. He scored the overtime victor, at 1:04, for the second time in four extra-time games.

The reason why Toronto's rookie line of Matthews, William Nylander and Zach Hyman have been so successful - five goals and 11 points in five games - is that they are keeping it simple. Oshie has points in each game this series.

Matt Hunwick had a poor start to the game. He continue to compete at a high level and has rarely been victimized through five games.

The Leafs haven't been easy for the playoff-tested Capitals to put away in this series, but Washington has a real chance to put them on the ropes in Game 5 at home. He worked with goalie coach Mitch Korn on working through traffic and bouncing pucks.

UPDATE: Add Ryan Spooner to the list of those out of commission, as he is being removed from the Game 5 lineup.

The Capitals scored two in the first five minutes for the second straight game and had four by Frederik Andersen when a period was in the books. The last two seasons, his goals against average over a longer playoff sample was 1.72 and 1.71 and his save percentage numbers were Hall of Fame like -.942 and.944.

The power play gave the Capitals a chance to turn up the offence in what had been a close-checking period.

What's interesting about what's happened in this series is the pace of play has been dictated by the Leafs at 5-on-5. The play was reviewed and was correctly ruled no goal.

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