Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen played very poorly in the first two games of his team’s first-round Stanley Cup playoff series against the Boston Bruins.
He gave up 12 goals in less than four periods before being pulled late in the first period of Game 2. The Leafs went down 0-2 as the series shifted to Toronto for Game 3 on Monday night, and Andersen gave a much better performance to help the Leafs earn a 4-2 win at the Air Canada Centre.
Andersen stopped 40 of 42 shots for a .952 save percentage in Game 3. He saved his best stop for last, as he stoned Bruins forward David Pastrnak late in the third period with a brilliant stick save.
Andersen entered this series with a 10-1-0 record and a .935 save percentage in his career against the B’s, which made his struggles over the first two games pretty surprising.
The Leafs aren’t a great puck possession team and lack a shutdown defense pairing. Sure, they do have a high-powered offense and power play, but they’ll give up plenty of scoring chances, too. Andersen will need to win the Leafs a few games for them to advance to Round 2, so his Game 3 performance certainly is an encouraging sign for Toronto and its fans.
Here are some other notes from Bruins vs. Leafs:
— The Bruins’ top line of David Pastrnak, Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron combined for five goals and 15 assists in the first two games, but they were held scoreless with three shots apiece in Game 3.
— Bruins forward Jake DeBrusk created several scoring chances, including one where he went past multiple Leafs to set up David Krejci with a good look in front of crease.
— Bruins forward Sean Kuraly assisted on both of Boston’s goals, giving him three points in the series.
— Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara became the seventh defenseman 40 years of age or older to ever score a playoff goal.
— Patrick Marleau’s second- and third-period goals were the 69th and 70th of his playoff career, tying him with Detroit Red Wings legend Steve Yzerman for 16th all-time. His 70 career playoff goals also are the most of any active player — nine more than Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby in second place.
Marleau, 38 (and 213 days), also became the oldest Leafs playoff goal scorer in team history.
— The Leafs opened the scoring on a first-period power play, which was a good omen for them.
— All Auston Matthews needed was to be back in Toronto to make an impact offensively. He scored the go-ahead goal in the second period after being held scoreless over the first two games of the series in Boston.
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