Bozak's OT goal gives Maple Leafs series lead over Capitals

Only this time, instead of slowly falling apart from the second period on, they kept pounding the Toronto Maple Leafs.

They scored their second straight overtime victory on Monday night, downing the Washington Capitals 4-3 in front of an electric Air Canada Centre crowd. "We have a tough test here, and sometimes you have to man up and win some games". "So that hasn't changed".

Auston Matthews, Nazem Kadri and William Nylander also scored for the Maple Leafs. Braden Holtby has given up 10 goals on 116 shots faced.

Then it was the rookie line of Matthews, Nylander and Zach Hyman striking again - their speed and skill proving troublesome all night long for the Caps.

While the stars have scored and netminder Braden Holtby has been fine in the first three contests, the defense corps was downright bad in Game 3's staggering overtime loss.

"All those guys have probably had a ton of pressure on them their whole lives", Bozak said. Better they display that early in the playoffs and know that they are prepared for a fight later on. That gives you a couple more - even though you don't consider them veterans, they're veteran-like people with veteran-like habits because they do it right all the time.

The Leafs coach wasn't so dismayed by a Game 1 loss for the confidence it brought the group.

All three games so far have been decided in overtime. Obviously, now, if you talk to our guys, our guys think they're a good hockey team.

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"I think it's that time of year, there's been some fabulous heroes, not always the ones that you think are going to be there", Trotz said. But it hasn't been an issue so far and even the Capitals think the subject is overblown. And, if you told us a week ago that this series would be tied 2-2, many eyebrows would raise. So everything is magnified, that's all. Frederik Andersen has given up nine goals on 120 shots faced. The first three games of the series have been outstanding, so expect more of the same in Game 4.

The series everyone seems to be forgetting about has plenty of late-game drama, including OT game-winners by Dion Phaneuf and Bobby Ryan for Ottawa.

If the Leafs begin to struggle with injuries, their run in the playoffs could come to an end in a way that is not deserving after such a positive start.

Washington looked crisp and confident, cycling pucks with authority in the Toronto end.

Wilson first pulled back a Morgan Rielly shot from the goal line after it snuck through the pads of Holtby.

The Capitals were on the penalty kill and Ovechkin was glued to the bench for more than four minutes in the third period, which contributed to the captain logging his least amount of ice time (15:08) in a playoff game since Game 2 of Washington's second-round series against the Rangers in 2012.

After Riley Nash was called for a controversial roughing penalty just before the 5:00 mark, Bobby Ryan, the man who Nash roughed in retaliation for an elbow to the face, tipped in the game victor off a hard pass from Kyle Turris. Mike Hoffman added two goals for Ottawa, with Derick Brassard scoring the other. Rinne finished with 34 saves.

Werenski scored a power-play goal in the first period of Game 1 and established himself as a core player for the Blue Jackets at age 19.

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Tuukka Rask made 26 saves for Boston, which had a goal disallowed in the first when Ottawa coach Guy Boucher challenged and the replay showed Noel Acciari was offsides.

Chicago versus Nashville looked like it, but the Blackhawks face a daunting task trying to become just the fifth team in National Hockey League history to overcome a 3-0 series deficit.

The Senators wouldn't let the momentum carry over into the third period, though, and forced overtime.

Game 5 is Friday night at the Verizon Center in D.C. Game 6 goes Sunday at the ACC.

Dennis Rasmussen and Patrick Kane each scored the first goals this series for the Western Conference's No. 1 seed.

The Blackhawks' core has three Stanley Cups in the past seven years and a lot experience to lean on.

The Capitals felt they lost their second-round series against Pittsburgh because the Penguins had more secondary scoring from their third and fourth lines.

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