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Babcock expected Matthews, Nylander to 'dominate' Bergeron-less Bruins

Babcock expected Matthews, Nylander to 'dominate' Bergeron-less Bruins”

But the Bruins say the performances in those games, by Boston and by goaltender Tuukka Rask, do not necessarily mean anything heading into Game 5 of the Eastern Conference First Round at TD Garden on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS), when they can eliminate the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Maple Leafs beat the Bruins 3-2 in overtime.

When Patrice Bergeron misses a playoff game, it has to be something serious.

Nash took Bergeron's spot up the middle on the top line alongside David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand on Thursday and did enough to make the Bruins forget that their four-time Selke Trophy victor was a late scratch from the lineup. We definitely need to be better as a line.

While the expectation is Kadri will slip back into his usual spot on the Leafs' second line between Patrick Marleau and Mitch Marner, there's no discounting the play of Tomas Plekanec during Kadri's absence.

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Joonas Donskoi scored one goal and set up another to start a four-goal barrage in the second period and San Jose raced past Anaheim for the third straight game to take a 3-0 series lead.

As uncertainty surrounded the team prior to the game, Tuukka Rask stepped up and backstopped the B's to a huge victory in Toronto.

If the Maple Leafs are unable to extend the series past Game 5 in Boston, the team will have nobody to blame but themselves for their disappointing play.

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Game three was a very different game than the first two.

"I don't know how many of you saw this, but last night out there in Maple Leaf Square, they put that on TV", Babcock said.

However, the Leafs continued to push and tied the game 7 minutes later.

Auston Matthews scored the victor on a setup from William Nylander in Game 3, but both have been held off the scoresheet otherwise.

Rookie Jake DeBrusk added insurance with a third period goal.

"I think the urgency is there for us tomorrow", Cassidy said.

"We had a breakaway and a good 2-on-1, and we got nothing out of it", Babcock said.

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The Bruins' offensive skaters attempted 33.1 shots per game in the regular season, leading to 3.3 goals per contest (ranked sixth overall in the NHL).

Marchand was surprised that the play even happened, believing that once Nash won the faceoff that it was instantly time to skate to the bench for a rest.

"I played with great players in a great team (this season) and we're playing well now, it's very easy for me to follow up with the team..."

The Leafs kept coming and almost grabbed the lead later in the period, but Rask shot out his pad to deny Zach Hyman from in close as Toronto outshot Boston 12-7 through the opening 20 minutes. Trying to slow the Bergeron line is enough of a job by itself but Kadri has the ability not only to frustrate an opponent but to score on him as well.

"I didn't think we had everyone going". This created a 2 on 1 opportunity for Pastrnak and Brad Marchand. He had five points in the first two games of the series.

"He's been our backbone", said defenseman Adam McQuaid, who is in his ninth season with the Bruins and has seen all of Rask's National Hockey League ups and downs.

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