Four Loco: NHL plays 4 OT playoff games in crazy night

Thursday, 20 Apr, 2017

"We're confident in here, so we've just got to stick to it".

Overzealousness on the part of the Washington Capitals cost them in Game 3 of their first-round series versus the Toronto Maple Leafs.

"So, there wasn't a whole bunch more options", Babcock said.

The Leafs have Auston Matthews, William Nylander, Mitchell Marner, and Jake Gardiner, just to name a few that are insane fast.

Toronto trailed 2-0 in the first period, and then 3-1 early in the second before Kadri and Nylander scored 4:07 apart late to tie the score in the final minute of the period. Andersen has been a difference maker all season for the Leafs and is continuing his magical playoff play that he had while playing for the Ducks over the past couple season prior to this year. "You never know what play, what little moments, will not only change a game, but change a series".

The Maple Leafs' first home playoff game of their much-hyped second century belonged to the kids. William Nylander has been especially dominant and was arguably the best player on both teams in Game 3. And even if they are giving off the sense of a team whose playoff history is now a burden, no one is going to admit it.

Toronto coach Mike Babcock sensed his group gaining confidence after almost taking Game 1 at Washington. It was a huge goal for the Leafs as they were able to cut the lead in half as the first period ended. "And they're playing a good hockey team, but I think you gain respect for yourself and the process and you start believing that maybe you can do this". "It was just another day for him".

"It's been insane for them, but this is where you want to be", said Leo Komarov of the rookies. So everything is magnified, that's all. Everybody's going to point their fingers at that damn guy, and there's a lot of guys that aren't pulling their weight, but I'm telling you what, right now, Ovechkin is pulling his weight, Backstrom's pulling his, T.J.'s pulling his, so, other players just need to step up. His shot hit John Carlson's foot and Nate Schmidt in the face and landed back on his stick to beat Jennings Trophy victor Braden Holtby.

All four postseason games Monday went to OT for the first time since April 10, 1985, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Trotz said that defenceman Karl Alzner, who missed Game 3 with an upper-body injury, will not play in Game 4 tomorrow.

What an incredible series it has been after just three games, and really, what a magical time to be a diehard fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs!

It was against the third line of Lars Eller, Brett Connolly and Andre Burakovsky and third defensive pairing that Nylander scored his goal.

Washington looked crisp and confident, cycling pucks with authority in the Toronto end. The Leafs haven't changed what they've done once this series, and all their defensemen are doing - because they're so bad in their own end - are slapping the puck all the way down the ice to forwards, who are down near the Caps' blue line, and those forwards are redirecting the puck behind the goal line. This was prevalent in Game 3, as Toronto came from behind to erase an early deficit and secure the first game at the Air Canada Centre. The unit stood tall again a short while later when the club was called for too many men.

The Toronto Maple Leafs have shocked the hockey world with their play against the Washington Capitals in the first round.

Ryan got free in the zone, tapping it in on assists by Kyle Turris and Erik Karlsson. This was a game that the Capitals led by two goals on two different occasions. Craig Anderson finished with 17 saves. He netted the overtime victor in the 4-3 Game 3 victory, bringing his series point total to four and putting Boston in a 2-1 series hole.

Though center David Krejci is back, the statuses of Bruins defensemen Torey Krug, Adam McQuaid, Brandon Carlo and Colin Miller are in doubt. Bernier stopped all 16 shots he faced.

The Capitals were on the penalty kill and Ovechkin was glued to the bench for more than four minutes in the third period, which contributed to the captain logging his least amount of ice time (15:08) in a playoff game since Game 2 of Washington's second-round series against the Rangers in 2012. Pekka Rinne made 34 saves, even with his franchise playoff scoreless streak ending early in the second period at 141 minutes, 5 seconds.