Marleau, Leafs battle back to narrow series

Tomas Plekanec Slater Koekkoek

Tomas Plekanec Slater Koekkoek , The Canadian Press

"You're just out there", Babcock said.

Us too, Auston. Us too. All those things, when you look at it, it hasn't gone very good.

Boston's game plan from the opening faceoff of Game 1 has been clear, hit everything wearing a Maple Leaf and fire the puck on net from anywhere.

BOUNCE BACK FROM FREDERIK ANDERSEN - Andersen admittedly hasn't been there to bail his team out through the first two games of the series and found himself yanked in Game 2 after allowing three goals on five shots. They had an bad night struggling to get back, and allowing some easy scoring chances. Andersen surrendered weak goals to both Adam McQuaid (a modest shot from the point that went through him) and a brutal angle shot from Zdeno Chara ... "Sometimes you make that save and we build off that". We know it has been and it will continue to be and we know that they're a tight-checking team; they play hard. They got two goals from Patrick Marleau, one from Auston Matthews and one from James van Riemsdyk.

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Nash scored 15 goals and assisted on 26 more in 76 games played this season.

It was a monumental performance for the 21-year-old, who becomes the youngest player in National Hockey League history to record six points in a playoff game, surpassing Wayne Gretzky's record by four months. The Leafs have to find a way to blunt the Boston attack and find a way to get to Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask.

TOP LINE DOMINANCE - David Pastrnak was everywhere in Game 2 and finished with three goals and six points in a 7-3 win. They will be tasked with matching up against Boston's high-scoring trio of Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak. Boston leads the series 2-0.

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Matthews got his first point of the series with a goal in the second period that ended up being the game-winner.

"They had a lot of bodies in front of the net and I picked up the pass a little late so I just tried to get something on it and luckily I got a piece of it", he said.

"They capitalized, doesn't mean that because you disagree with the call that it's gonna result in a goal", said Cassidy. "I'm sure we can fix that".

Patrick Marleau put this game away with his second goal of the night to make it 4-2 Leafs and David Pastrnak just could not get a puck by Andersen (and the goal posts) tonight. Komarov is uncertain to dress Monday because of the injury suffered in Saturday's 7-3 loss.

The win not only guarantees Toronto a return trip back to Boston for a Game 5, they will get second line center Nazem Kadri back for at least a game.

But at 14:47, the Leafs' top line finally got the better of the B's best unit. The Leafs thrived on home ice in the regular season, going 29-10-2 at ACC and at one point set a new franchise record with 13 straight victories.

They say in the playoffs a team is never truly in trouble until they lose on home ice.

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