Bozak's OT goal gives Maple Leafs series lead over Capitals

Bruno Cirelli
Aprile 20, 2017

But don't expect that change to be significant.

"It wasn't based on play", Trotz said.

This is understandably hard for Caps fans, but they should know as well as any fan base that playoff series leads can be short-lived. "When you're a good hockey team, I think you gain respect for yourself and start to believe that maybe you can do this", he added.

"There's not going to be a lot of tactical and systematic adjustments", said Trotz.

"There's not going to be anything earth-shattering or anything".

"We've had some amusing games this year", Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville told reporters following Saturday night's loss.

During the Leafs' final week in the regular season, a number of teams, including the Capitals, played Leafs forward Auston Matthews, a likely Calder Trophy candidate, incredibly tight and physical. "They've probably always been the best player and the best player on their teams and have always had the pressure to play well".

That may be true, but perhaps only because the Capitals are allowing them to. "They realize that a bounce here or there and the series could be in our favour. But it hasn't gone that way". Their speed and skill have been too much for Washington to handle.

BOSTON (AP) - Bobby Ryan scored on a tip-in on a power play 5:43 into overtime, and the Ottawa Senators recovered after giving up a three-goal lead to beat the Boston Bruins to take a 2-1 lead in the first-round series. "This is a very same situation". "We're confident in here, so we've just got to stick to it".

"Tomorrow should be a fantastic game". "That's the great thing about the playoffs". Washington recorded just two shots on goal.

After a good few minutes where the Leafs controlled the play but couldn't beat Braden Holtby, Washington took advantage of a failure to clear by the home team and Backstrom fed Ovechkin who ripped the one-timer past Andersen to double the lead on the Capitals second shot of the game less than five minutes in.

Former player and current CSN Mid-Atlantic analyst Alan May thinks he might be. "You can't talk about it, you've got to just go out and do it".

Since joining the Capitals in 2005-06, Alex Ovechkin has not been beyond the second round of the playoffs.

"He's [playing] quality minutes right now". If (the Leafs are) playing well, they're happy. I know him and (Leo) Komarov have been going at it ... so he's targeted. If a seventh game is necessary, it will be played in Washington.

Plus: Nate Schmidt had an assist and was plus-2 in his 2017 playoff debut, replacing an injured Karl Alzner. "Their third goal (the Caps herded like cattle behind their own net when Toronto pressed), that's not coverage we have done all year". William Nylander and Nazem Kadri (two points) also found the back of the net for Toronto and Frederik Andersen made 23 saves.

"It's quite a different team from this time previous year, nearly half has gone", defenceman Matt Hunwick said.

"That's on me to get him the ice time", Trotz said after Tuesday's optional skate for the Capitals.

All three games have been decided in overtime.

Through three games in this series, the two teams have been tied at the end of regulation time in each game.

"I haven't watched it yet, but it's still pretty vivid in my mind", Capitals defenceman Kevin Shattenkirk said of the blown two-man advantage.

"I don't think they're a naive group", Kadri said.

"Life is way easier when you don't feel any tightness and everything is going good and you tic-tac-toe", Babcock said. Each of those three scored in Game 3, but each time the Capitals built up a lead and got momentum, the Leafs rallied back.

A big reason for Toronto's offensive success has been in the amount of rubber being directed at Holtby.

On Saturday night, it was Washington Capitals fans who were forced to choose between supporting the team and getting back home without shelling out a lot more money to hail a taxi or an Uber ride.

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