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

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

His shot hit John Carlson's foot and Nate Schmidt in the face and landed back on his stick to beat Jennings Trophy victor Braden Holtby.

The Capitals were heavy favorites to beat the young Maple Leafs, but it hasn't looked like it as all three games so far have gone to overtime.

Following an optional practice at the Leafs' facility on Tuesday, Trotz took the blame for Ovechkin's low ice time total. "You try to put your best foot forward each and every day".

"There's not going to be anything earth-shattering or anything".

"And obviously now if you talk to our guys, our guys think they're a good hockey team", Babcock said after the latest victory, Toronto's first on home ice in the playoffs in almost four years.

That may be true, but perhaps only because the Capitals are allowing them to.

It's not how you start, it's how you finish.

Oshie, who played more than 18 minutes on Monday, Backstrom (17:30) and Ovechkin have combined for nine points in the first three games of the series. "This is a very same situation". "So we've got to get to the net". Sometimes when you're young and inexperienced you don't know how to deal with success.

"Tomorrow should be a fantastic game". It doesn't matter who you play, everybody has a chance against everybody.

The Capitals are playing catch-up after Monday's overtime Game 3 loss to the Maple Leafs, leaving two big questions to be answered in the coming days: What's gotten into the Presidents' Trophy winners, and can they slow down the Eastern Conference's eighth seed?

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

As the playoffs approached, Coach Barry Trotz carved out time in practice to work on four-on-four play because in the postseason, penalties often come in pairs.

"It wasn't based on play", Trotz said. "I think Nazzie went out there and kind of took it upon himself and threw a couple of big hits".

Toronto deserves credit for their effort and the results they've forced through three games.

Nicklas Backstrom, Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov scored for the Capitals, who twice had two-goal leads.

"In the last minute, we can't give up a goal", Trotz said. "Sometimes you look at minutes, sometimes they're overstated because you're out there 20 minutes, but they're not quality minutes". His minutes have been hard, quality minutes.

"I don't know, there's a lot of crap going on out there", Komarov said.

"Our guys were enjoying the game last night", Babcock said. With Alzner out, Nate Schmidt is expected to play on a pairing with John Carlson.

On top of the game-winning goal, Perry had an assist on Monday.

Matthews stuck with the rebound and eventually batted the puck out of mid-air for Toronto's first goal. I think what they need to do, they need to get Matt Niskanen and Dmitry Orlov out there. "Maybe get my head out of the way on the first one, but things like that will happen".

"So, there wasn't a whole bunch more options", Babcock said.

A hit from Nazem Kadri on Brooks Orpik seemed to change the tone for the Leafs at the end of the first period.

"We had fresh ice on a power play, there wasn't much more you could ask for at the start of a period", Bozak said.

"I haven't watched it yet, but it's still pretty vivid in my mind", Capitals defenceman Kevin Shattenkirk said of the blown two-man advantage. I think they gave us respect. The rest of the game we didn't push enough. "Not so much in the first period (defenceman Nikita Zaitsev was on for two Caps' goals in his first post-season appearance), but once they had the opportunity in overtime. we have a bunch of kids and we have energy to burn, so you play as long as you want, we just like to win".

A big reason for Toronto's offensive success has been in the amount of rubber being directed at Holtby. Toronto's collection of fast-living phenoms, well ahead of their projected development curve, have nothing to lose and everything to gain after taking a 2-1 series lead over the heavily favored Capitals.

"They're just throwing a lot of pucks to the net and getting a lot of traffic", said Capitals forward Daniel Winnik.

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