Auston Matthews scored his first goal of the playoffs and set up another as the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Boston Bruins, 3-2, on Monday night to take a 2-1 lead in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarterfinal.
Andreas Johnsson, also with a goal and an assist, and Trevor Moore provided the rest of the offense for Toronto. Frederik Andersen made 34 saves.
David Krejci and Charlie Coyle scored for Boston. Tuukka Rask stopped 31 shots in front of a crowd of 19,611.
The Maple Leafs won the series opener by 4-1 last Wednesday in Boston before losing by the same score Saturday. Game 4 is Wednesday night in Toronto.
Less than an hour before puck drop, the Maple Leafs learned center Nazem Kadri had been suspended for the rest of the series for his vicious crosscheck to the head of Bruins winger Jake DeBrusk in the third period of Game 2.
Kadri traveled to New York for an in-person hearing, meaning the N.H.L. had the option to suspend him for more than five games. The 28-year-old, who has been suspended five times since 2013, will miss anywhere from three to five games, but the ban won’t stretch into the second round of these playoffs or next season.
William Nylander slid over from the wing to take Kadri’s place on Toronto’s third line behind between Patrick Marleau and Connor Brown.
DeBrusk suited up after leaving Game 2 following the hit by Kadri.
HURRICANES 5, CAPITALS 0 The Carolina Hurricanes waited 10 long years to finally bring the playoffs back to town. They almost seemed determined to cram a decade’s worth of goals and hits into one game.
Rookie forward Warren Foegele had two goals and an assist, Dougie Hamilton also scored twice and the Hurricanes routed the Washington Capitals 5-0 on Monday night in their first home playoff game since 2009.
“We were relentless. We just kept going at them,” Hamilton said. “The crowd was unbelievable. It was one of the loudest buildings I’ve ever played in, and just so fun.”
Petr Mrazek earned his fourth career postseason shutout. Brock McGinn had a late goal and an assist, and Jaccob Slavin and Jordan Staal each had two assists.
The rapid-fire Hurricanes outshot Washington 45-18 to cut the defending Stanley Cup champions’ lead to 2-1 in the best-of-seven series.
FLYERS HIRE VIGNEAULT The Philadelphia Flyers hired Alain Vigneault as their coach on Monday, hoping the veteran can help lead them to their first Stanley Cup since 1975.
Vigneault has led the Rangers and Vancouver Canucks to the Stanley Cup finals and takes over a Flyers team that missed the playoffs for the second time in three seasons.
Flyers General Manager Chuck Fletcher was hired in November after Ron Hextall was fired. Fletcher fired Coach Dave Hakstol a month later and replaced him with the interim coach Scott Gordon. There was no immediate word if Gordon would stay in the organization.
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