Pressure on Caps to come back vs. Leafs

With a continued physical play and the confidence of being up 2-1 in the series, the Maple Leafs can use the energy of their home crowd to another playoff victory against the Capitals and a 3-1 lead heading to Washington for game five. Oshie has six points this postseason. In his National Hockey League debut, which happened to be in a playoff game against the New York Rangers, Tom Wilson lost a skate blade and had to hobble to the bench.

Williams' message prior to Game 4: seize the moment.

Wilson - yes, the Toronto native who scored the Capitals' overtime victor in Game 1 - made Barry Trotz look like the savviest of chess players Wednesday.

On Wilson. his promotion to the third line proved to be a significant lift for the Toronto native.

Caps goal: Tom Wilson from Andre Burakovsky and Brooks Orpik at 16:04 in the 2nd period.

Wilson now has three goals in four playoff games, including the overtime victor in Game 1. The Leafs had four goals from their third and fourth lines.

A Morgan Rielly shot made its way through Holtby, and as the puck inched toward the goal line, Wilson dived and swept it from harm's way. Eller wheeled around the net and fired a shot that Wilson deflected in for the goal. "That's what he brings".

The Capitals went more than 13 minutes without a shot on goal to start the third period. While Zaitsev might have been coming back from injury, the Maple Leafs will need him to be better in order to win in game four, especially with Roman Polak now out for the rest of the playoffs. They have been giving the rookies too much room to work.

"Um, I don't care".

They'll deny it, of course, but the idea that this team, which has about half the roster on expiring contracts, won't be the same again - win or lose - that's the real deal.

"It's not about my ice time and what I'm doing right now out there. If we just come back to the net front, stop, let the one-on-one happen, we're going to be fine". The more we can limit them and push them to the outside, the better off we'll be.

BOSTON - Bobby Ryan scored early in the third period, Craig Anderson stopped 22 shots and the Ottawa Senators beat the Boston Bruins 1-0 on Wednesday night for a 3-1 lead in their first-round playoff series. Tom Wilson (twice) and Alex Ovechkin also scored for Washington. This after he scored seven goals in 82 games during the regular season.

That led Trotz to put that defensive pairing against Matthews's group whenever he could Wednesday. The Leafs will look to add more of what won them Game 3, re-directions. Nate Schmidt is expected to draw in his stead. Line updates and matchup report. The next chance to steal a game is Wednesday night at 7:00 PM, live from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. Look for a tougher form of defense from the Capitals, as well. A longer term and less encouraging trend, though, is that since 2011 Washington is only 3-5 as a road favorite in the playoffs. The Stars defeat the Maple Leafs 6-3. We were expecting a good battle and that's what they gave us.

"You don't really get surprised in the playoffs, at least as many times as I've been in the playoffs", said Capitals forward T.J. Oshie.

The Washington Capitals are not in a awful place right now - but it could get worse pretty quickly.

Van Riemsdyk scored early in the second on a power play, but Toronto wasted almost two full minutes of a 5-on-3 advantage. First Eller was called for interference when he covered the puck with his glove after a faceoff.

Now the Maple Leafs had their chance in a crucial five-on-three to start the third period.

The Leafs had only five offensive zone faceoffs at even-strength through two periods compared to 14 for the Caps.

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