The Boston Bruins spoiled the return of playoff hockey to Toronto, scoring two quick goals in the second period in a 5-2 victory over the Maple Leafs on Monday night.
Adam McQuaid, Rich Peverley, Nathan Horton, Daniel Paille and David Krejci – with an empty-net goal with 1:17 remaining – scored for Boston
The win came before 19,746 fans inside the Air Canada Centre. Outside, a blue-and-white throng watched on a big screen in Maple Leaf Square as playoff hockey returned to Toronto for the first time since 2004.
After being beaten 4-2 in Boston on Saturday night, the Bruins upped their game. The Leafs, meanwhile, made mistakes and were punished, although they tried to close the gap with a busy third period in which they outshot the visitors 18-6. The Leafs finished with a 47-38 edge in shots.
Game 4 is Wednesday in Toronto, with Boston leading 2-1 in the best-of-7 series.
The dominant line of Milan Lucic, Krejci and Horton finished with two goals and six assists. They have combined for 17 points through the first three postseason games, with five goals and 12 assists.
Jake Gardiner and Phil Kessel replied for Toronto.
It was the Leafs’ first home playoff game since May 4, 2004, when Toronto lost 3-2 in overtime to Philadelphia to lose the conference semifinals 4-2. Fans were rewarded for their patience with free scarves Monday night – but not with a win.
The last home playoff win came in that same series, a 3-1 victory on April 30, 2004.
For the Bruins, the playoffs are business as usual. Boston, which won the Cup two years ago, is in the postseason for the sixth straight year.
Rangers 4, Capitals 3: In New York, Derek Stepan and Arron Asham both scored tiebreaking goals in the third period for the New York Rangers in a victory over the Washington Capitals in Game 3.
The Rangers finally found their offense and got back into their first-round playoff series. New York still trails 2-1 in the Eastern Conference series, with Game 4 here Wednesday night.
Stepan gave the Rangers the lead for good with 6:25 remaining when he deftly tipped in a pass in front from Rick Nash.
Derick Brassard had a goal and two assists for the Rangers.