Toronto led 1-0 after the first, but Boston tied it at 3:06 of the second when McQuaid's shot from the point squeezed under Andersen's pad and dribbled in. Moore sat out the first two games of the series as a healthy scratch. Auston Matthews, dropping a "s-t happens" after Saturday's 7-3 beatdown, is still without a point and looking completely outmatched in a head-to-head with Bergeron.
Later in the second, Zdeno Chara tied the game at two with a attractive top shelf goal you'd expect to see from one of the Bruins' top line players. Among his 40 saves, he made a key stop on Boston second-line centre David Krejci in the second period and made an incredible diving stick save on Pastrnak near the end.
The B's tied it up on an Adam McQuaid point shot that Andersen would have liked back early in the second period, but the Leafs answered right away with a stretch pass from Morgan Rielly that went through the skates of Kevan Miller (he and partner Torey Krug were each minus-3) to Mitch Marner for a 2-on-1.
With Torey Krug pestering a streaking Marleau, Marner laid a flawless cross-crease pass to his teammate, allowing Marleau to tap the puck home.
Marleau dialed back the clock and had a two-goal night at the best possible time.
Toronto's Kasperi Kapanen, who hit the post early his team's ugly 7-3 loss in Game 2, found iron again later in the period on a shot that beat Rask clean, but Matthews would make no mistake later in the period.
"He's just playing great", said Rielly.
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The Maple Leafs also had the speed back in their game. The 28-year-old missed the final five games of the regular season after getting hit in the side of the head with a shot on March 31.
Skill, savvy and a little salty to boot.
Beyond the offence, Marner is also a puck-hounding presence who can do a marvelous job of keeping the rubber on Leaf tape.
The Toronto Maple Leafs brought another level of intensity to their first home game of the series tonight against the Boston Bruins. Toronto is 2-for-8 on the series while Boston is 5-for-11. James van Riemsdyk, Tyler Bozak and Connor Brown remained together on the only line that has remained a constant for the Leafs this postseason.
From the moment the lottery balls fell Toronto's way and Matthews fell in its lap, this club was always going to be defined by what "Papi" could produce.
Andersen would love to have the first two goals back, but for the rest of the game he was nothing short of outstanding. We know it has been and it will continue to be and we know that they're a tight-checking team; they play hard.
It's true. But to do this thing they're trying to do against the Bruins, to find a way to come back against such a formidable opponent when you already had one skate in the grave, an awakening by the franchise player might not be enough on its own.