The 15-year National Hockey League veteran, who was acquired from Montreal at the National Hockey League trade deadline, will center Toronto's second line when the Leafs try to get back in the series against Boston at Air Canada Centre.
Thanks to a couple of failed clearing attempts by David Pastrnak and Bergeron, the Leafs stayed on the attack until Matthews beat Rask with a high shortside shot for the Leafs' third lead of the game. Because they've been able to do it all year and they're good at it.
The Bruins' power play - a ridiculous 5 for 10 in the series coming in - got its first opportunity early in the third only to see Pastrnak hit the post. The home teams have held serve, we saw an absolute gem of a game on Monday night, and the stage is now set for another epic battle on Thursday night.
Adam McQuaid and Zdeno Chara replied for Boston. It was the type of goal that has defined Matthews in his young career with a nose for the net and a quick release in traffic.More news: Domino's Will Now Deliver Your Pizza To The Beach
"He'll take warm-up", Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said.
If you enjoy frequent bouts of nausea and faintness followed by soul-crushing sadness and total jubilation, then Freddie Andersen's turbulent Game 3 performance is right in your wheelhouse. Sean Kuraly had two assists for the Bruins, who got 26 stops from Rask. "We'll plan on him playing. We've got some work to do and can continue to improve and we can try to change the story". Moore sat out the first two games of the series as a healthy scratch.
But on Monday they were held off the scoresheet, even though they had their chances.
"The atmosphere will help, the guys around me doing a tremendous job, that will help", Nash said.
"It happens in your life". The Bruins were rattling shots off the post and it seemed like the net was on lockdown.More news: Russian Federation will retaliate to the United Kingdom for Syria on compromising Ministers
Plekanec, who has registered just two assists in 19 games (including playoffs) with the Leafs, will line up between Mitch Marner and Patrick Marleau on Toronto's top checking line. And if they didn't... well, we've already established what that would have made them. "In the playoffs, the intensity increases, so that's what we got". "He was really good for us". Morgan Rielly also rebounded.
Trailing by one in the final period, the Bruins got a power play in the opening 30 seconds after Brad Marchand was taken down in the corner. Both the mild-mannered Nash and David Backes argued vehemently that the puck caught the top of the glass before going out of play. When a referee makes a call you kind of live with it because it's decisive.
"I've been so impressed with him since Day 1 that I got here", said Plekanec, who was acquired on February 26 at the trade deadline.
The Maple Leafs proved that they're not spineless losers Monday night. The trio was a combined minus-7 on the night, and did not score on their nine shots on goal. In an oddity going the other way, van Riemsdyk was able to get some rare traction on the Big Zee, slipping under his wing to get a goal from the doorstep. That goal also gave the Leafs a 3-2 lead heading into the final frame, making it the official game-winner.
The Leafs don't have the defensive talent to win tight, low-scoring games, at least not against a similarly high-powered Bruins team.More news: Sexual assault survivors can now report anonymously through Manitoba community agencies