Auston Matthews and Andreas Johnsson each had a goal and an assist and the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the visiting Boston Bruins 3-2 Monday night.
The Maple Leafs took a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven first-round playoff series. Trevor Moore also scored for Toronto.
David Krejci and Charlie Coyle scored for Boston.
Frederik Andersen stopped 34 shots in the Toronto goal. On the opposite end of the rink, Tuukka Rask made 31 saves for Boston.
The teams exchanged goals 52 seconds apart early in the second period.
Moore tapped in the rebound of his own tip of Morgan Rielly's shot from the left boards at 2:38 of the first period to give Toronto a 1-0 lead.
Krejci tied it when he knocked in the rebound of Jake DeBrusk's shot.
Matthews gave Toronto the lead with a power-play goal at 10:12 of the second in a quick shot from the left circle on a cross-ice pass from Johnsson. David Backes had been penalized from cross checking 12 seconds earlier.
Johnsson stretched the lead to 3-1 on a power-play goal at 17:12. Matt Grzelcyk was off for hooking.
Boston answered with a power-play goal at 19:22 of the second when Coyle put in a rebound off the end boards. Jake Muzzin was serving a holding penalty.
Shots on goal were even at 26 each after two periods.
Kasperi Kapanen hit the post for Toronto with two minutes to play in the third period. Krejci was stopped by Andersen with slightly more than one minute to play.
Rask stopped a shot from Rielly with his right shoulder during the first period. Andersen got his stick in the way of a shot by David Pastrnak in the first.
Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo hit the left post on his shot from the right point through a screen 14 minutes into the first period.
Boston had a 15-10 advantage in shots on goal in the first period.
Kadri suspended for rest of series
Nazem Kadri crossed the line in the playoffs against the Boston Bruins for the second year in a row, and the NHL came down hard Monday on the Maple Leafs center.
Kadri was suspended for the remainder of the Leafs’ first-round Eastern Conference series in response to a cross-check on the Bruins’ Jake DeBrusk late in Game 2 on Saturday. The suspension would last up to five games if the series goes to a Game 7.
The incident in the third period Saturday resulted in a five-minute major penalty and a game misconduct for Kadri. The NHL’s Department of Player Safety wrote Monday of the hit, “This was not a hockey play. Instead, it’s a player retaliating against his opponent, using his stick as a weapon for forceful and direct head contact.”
The league acknowledged that the punishment took into account Kadri’s poor disciplinary record, which includes a three-game ban for boarding then-Boston forward Tommy Wingels in a first-round playoff series last year.
Kadri has now been suspended five times in his career, including three games in 2013 (hit to the head against the Washington Capitals’ Nicklas Backstrom), four games in 2015 (hit to the head against the Edmonton Oilers’ Matt Fraser) and four games in 2016 (cross-checking the Detroit Red Wings’ Luke Glendening).
The hit Saturday was apparently in retaliation for a hit by DeBrusk on Toronto’s Patrick Marleau. DeBrusk sat out the remainder of the game but was back in action for Game 3 on Monday.
Kadri, 28, produced 16 goals and 28 assists in 73 games during the regular season, and he had a goal and an assist in the first two playoff games against the Bruins. In his 10th NHL season, all with the Maple Leafs, he has 161 goals and 196 assists in 561 career regular-season games.