Leafs needed a 'Boston Moment' versus Capitals in Game 4

Leafs needed a 'Boston Moment' versus Capitals in Game 4

Leafs needed a 'Boston Moment' versus Capitals in Game 4

Nikita Zaitsev will become the 10th Leaf to make his playoff debut this spring, ready to rejoin the team for Game 3 on Monday night after sitting out the opening two games of a first round series against Washington with a suspected concussion.

Washington led 4-1 at the end of the first period and 4-2 after the second.

Alex Ovechkin scored the other Capitals' goal while Nicklas Backstrom added two assists.

"The positive way to look at it is we came really close back to tie it up, but it's tough to come back that many goals when you're not playing in the first period". We weren't very good. In the faceoff circle, we never had the puck at the start, they dominated us there totally.

Asked about his performance, Andersen said, "I mean, it was not the best, but I wish I could have helped the team out a little bit more by coming up bigger". "I probably shouldn't let that puck get through me, he made up for my mistake there, goes down scores a goal". The Leafs struggled to gain more than a single flurry of pressure against Braden Holtby.

"It's the best time of the year". He banged knees with Capitals defenceman Brooks Orpik late in the second period then landed awkwardly on his right leg.

Polak visited with the group ahead of Game 3.

Wilson's play has earned the confidence of Trotz, who moved the winger onto Washington's third line alongside Andre Burakovsky and Lars Eller.

Undrafted at the NHL level, Zaitsev skated in the KHL for the start of his pro hockey career before making his way over to North America this summer.

It didn't happen, as everything Babcock warned his players about ultimately materialized in a 5-4 loss that pulled Washington even with Toronto at two games apiece in their first-round matchup.

Wilson gave Washington a two-goal cushion just 12 seconds later, re-directing an Eller shot.

With Andersen removed for an extra attacker, Bozak scored at 19:33 of the third.

Auston Matthews figured the goal for the Maple Leafs on Friday night in Washington should be rather simple. The 25-year-old Moscow native would split his pro KHL stint between Novosibirsk Sibir and CSKA Moscow, putting up 26 points in 46 regular season games in his final year overseas. Johnson allowed a goal on the second shot he faced, but finished with 20 saves.

NOTES: Capitals D Karl Alzner (upper-body injury) missed his second straight game Wednesday. The Leafs twice closed the gap to one, but ultimately dropped a game they deserved to lose.

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