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Game 4 goes Thursday at Air Canada Centre, with Game 5 set for Saturday in Boston.

Partly because it had a hand in saving the Toronto Maple Leafs' season with a goal that stood as the eventual victor in Game 3 and helped cut his team's deficit in the series to 2-1. This was without a doubt Matthews' best performance of the series, as he led the Leafs with five shots on goal, and Toronto will need him to lead the way if they have a chance at winning defeating the Bruins in the first round.

Plekanec, who has registered just two assists in 19 games (including playoffs) with the Leafs, will line up between Mitch Marner and Patrick Marleau on Toronto's top checking line.

Babcock is nothing if not stubborn. He was held scoreless and couldn't generate many scoring chances against the Patrice Bergeron line. Of course, Marchand was talking about the Plekanec circa 2009-12 roughly, when he was still with the Montreal Canadiens and still interested in playing.

And there's something to be said for Matthews' confidence after his first goal of the series came with Bergeron on the ice, and with that line pinned in their zone for what had to have been the first and only time in the opening three games of this series.

In total, Pastrnak and his line mates have wracked up 20 points, the Leafs top line only has 2 points.

"We talked about this series being, it's going to be a tough series".

"I've been so impressed with him since Day 1 that I got here", said Plekanec, who was acquired on February 26 at the trade deadline.

When the puck dropped to start the game, the Leafs players came out with the determination their coach was talking about.

In the 3rd period, Adam McQuaid would be forced to leave the game after taking a puck to the neck area.

This was a huge win for the Leafs and was a huge step forward for them to bounce back in the series.

Cassidy won't be surprised if they use Plekanec against Bergeron's line yet again in Game 4.

But with a closer look, it's clear that Plekanec helped turn the tide in the series for Toronto.

Boston weathered the storm early and responded quite well with attacks of their own for most of the period. The Leafs managed to stay out of the penalty box in the first 40 minutes, which was enough to finally put a dent in the Boston power play.

The ruling on the ice wasn't reviewable, so the Leafs headed to the power play and scored seven seconds into the man-advantage to to take a 1-0 lead. The Wild lost both games in Winnipeg before returning home in Game 3 for a 6-2 victory while looking like a completely different team.

A few seconds later, Marleau and Marner got the lead back for the Leafs on a nice two-on-one with Marleau finishing on a great pass from Marner.

Matthews exploded once he double-checked the puck was indeed rattling inside the Boston Bruins' net - and that he hadn't suffered a Kasperi Kapanen-like fate.

Fortunately for the Leafs, Matthews and Nylander stepped forward in the last half of the period with their best work of the series. It was his first goal of the series.

The Leafs came out hard with some jump early in the first period. Familiar culprits Ron Hainsey and Nikita Zaitsev let Rick Nash and Pastrnak get loose in front but Andersen made a great save on Pastrnak and the Leafs managed to kill the penalty.

Pastrnak would have another opportunity in the final two minutes, however, Anderson would make a diving stick save to preserve Toronto's two-goal lead.



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