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Bruins Edge Maple Leafs 4-2 in Game 3

TORONTO — In a tense battle at Scotiabank Arena, the Toronto Maple Leafs fell short against the Boston Bruins, losing 4-2 in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series on Wednesday night. The defeat puts the Maple Leafs in a 2-1 series hole, with Game 4 looming large on the horizon.

The game was a back-and-forth affair, with both teams fighting tooth and nail for supremacy on the ice. Brad Marchand emerged as the hero for the Bruins, breaking a tie midway through the third period with a blistering shot past Maple Leafs goalie Ilya Samsonov. Marchand’s performance was a thorn in the side of the Maple Leafs all night, as his agitating antics drew the ire of Toronto’s players and coaching staff alike.

Maple Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe didn’t mince words when discussing Marchand’s impact on the game, calling his gamesmanship “world class” while expressing frustration at the perceived lack of calls against the Bruins forward. Despite the Maple Leafs’ efforts to play through the adversity, they were unable to overcome the determined Bruins.

Toronto had its chances throughout the game, but ultimately struggled to capitalize, especially on the power play where they went 0 for 5. Keefe lamented his team’s inability to convert with the man advantage, acknowledging that they need to be better in that area if they hope to turn the tide in the series.

Despite the loss, there were some bright spots for the Maple Leafs, including a goal from Todd Bertuzzi to tie the game late in the third period. However, it wasn’t enough to overcome the Bruins’ relentless pressure, as Marchand sealed the victory with an empty-netter in the closing minutes.

With Game 4 fast approaching, the Maple Leafs will need to regroup and refocus if they hope to even the series. The atmosphere at Scotiabank Arena is sure to be electric as Toronto looks to bounce back and even the score against their longtime rivals.


The Maple Leafs find themselves in a familiar position, trailing in a playoff series against the Bruins. While there were moments of promise in Game 3, particularly with the late goal to tie the game, the team will need to address their shortcomings if they want to avoid falling into a deeper hole. Marchand’s impact cannot be overstated, and finding a way to neutralize his influence will be crucial moving forward. Game 4 presents an opportunity for the Maple Leafs to respond and show their resilience in the face of adversity. The stage is set for a thrilling showdown as Toronto looks to even the series on home ice.

Ennio Sorgini

Ennio Sorgini is our Hockey Analyst, specializing in coverage of the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Toronto Marlies. With a wealth of knowledge and a passion for the sport, Sorgini provides expert analysis, player insights, and game breakdowns for both teams. For inquiries or feedback, contact Ennio at

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