Maple Leafs youngsters showing they can hang with Capitals stars

They have a ton of high-end firepower when it comes to the man advantage and with the refereeing being as mind boggling as it has been the Leafs really have to do all they can to stay out of the penalty box.

Tyler Bozak scored the overtime victor after the Leafs dug out from deficits of 2-0 and 3-1, controlling large swaths of play against a team that piled up 55 wins and 118 points during the regular season.

Hyman drew the power play late in regulation on the goal that Bozak scored in overtime to win it. "Maybe get my head out of the way on the first one, but things like that will happen". Two nights earlier in Game 2, Kapanen, another rookie, scored twice, including the double overtime victor. "There's a reason you call guys third- and fourth-liners". Toronto now leads the best-of-seven series 2-1, suddenly with the upper hand on the best team in hockey and starting to believe in its upset potential.

Zaitsev, who reportedly is closing in on a seven-year contract with the Maple Leafs, spent his entire first season in the National Hockey League on Toronto's top pair, matched up against first lines, killed penalties and quarterbacked one power play unit. Holtby came far out of the net and sprawled to poke check the puck away above the right faceoff circle before scrambling back to the net. "We had a nice power play to start this overtime and we want to go in with the attitude to get it done, even though the power-play hadn't been running well (it was about to go 0-for-3 when Bozak scored)". With Connor Brown and Leo Komorov doing the screen work, a long wrist shot by Nazem Kadri banked off Brooks Orpik's leg and past Holtby: 3-2 Washington. "When a goalie gets hot like that, it makes it easier for us". After Dino Ciccarrelli scored four goals in a 7-2 win in Game 4, Penguins Coach Scotty Bowman dictated the matchups for the remainder of the series and effectively out-coached Terry Murray. Most of his minutes come on the penalty kill, as no Caps defenseman spends more time killing penalties than him. The Swede beat Leafs defenceman Nikita Zaitsev there and stuffed in a shot short-side.

Ottawa's first goal of the night came after Erik Karlsson flipped a pass behind Boston's defense to spring Hoffman on a breakaway.

May then offered solutions on how the Capitals could combat the Maple Leafs' strategy before returning to Washington's own strategic problems.

"There was steam coming out of my ears at that point", Kadri said of the growing intensity. Nylander tied the game at 19:07. With less than a minute to go, Hyman cleared a path with a big hit, allowing Matthews to centre for Nylander, who buried his own rebound.

Babcock insisted during the regular season that the trio, and the rest from a historic rookie class, were just good players - young or not. Each small victory is giving the team the slightest of edges, and by the end of the game, it's just enough to give them the overall victory.

"Not at all", said the Leafs winger, who bumped with his KHL buddy in the course of eight combined hits for the pair in Game 3. Alex Ovechkin scored 2:06 later on a one-timer from the top of the left circle. You know, I don't consider it...

"Just a few extra reps in practice this morning, just a couple making sure you set your feet the correct way when you're trying to make plays up-ice", Schmidt said. "It's a new day tomorrow".

"I just say go with your best players and lean on them", May said.

Fredrick Anderson so far in the series has been astounding in the Leafs net stopping 88 of 94 Washington shots.

The defence picture aside, the Leafs are ready to make an impact in this series on home ice. "We played with great energy, great emotion".

"If you can keep it tight against a high-octane team like that, the puck doesn't move the same and the game is tighter for them".

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