Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner will miss Game 4 against Maple Leafs

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That run continues in the hockey hotbed of Toronto, which has hosted only three NHL playoff games in the last 12 seasons.

Tyler Bozak scored 1:37 into overtime to cap a comeback from two goals down in the second period, and the Maple Leafs beat the Capitals 4-3 Monday night to take a 2-1 lead in the first-round series. "So that hasn't changed". Then with 40 seconds left in the second period, William Nylander tied the game when Capitals defensemen Brooks Orpik and Kevin Shattenkirk both went to check Zach Hyman behind the net, leaving Nylander alone in front of Holtby.

Goalie Frederik Andersen was superb for the Maple Leafs and Kasperi Kapanen ended it midway through the second extra stanza with his second goal of the night. Washington is down in the first-round series against Toronto, 2-1.

But the Blackhawks, winners of three Stanley Cup titles in the past seven years, now trail 0-3 for the first time since the 2011 quarterfinals. Toronto's speed and skill is proving to be too much for Washington to handle right now. Matthews broke his brief playoff dry spell with a goal, an assist and six shots (more than the first two games combined) while Nylander scored and managed nine shot attempts.

Hyman chased down the loose puck that led to Nylander's first of the postseason and then drew the penalty that led to Bozak's game-winner. They want to win for each other.

The Washington Capitals face arguably the most important game in their franchise's history on Wednesday.

Nikita Zaitsev has been an unsung hero for the Leafs and has logged the most ice time even ahead of key guys like Morgan Rielly and Jake Gardiner and put up four goals with 32 assists. "Obviously, Boyle's (line) was a huge factor in Game 2 on the scoresheet, but I think lots of times when you're playing real well you don't necessarily score". Well, there's nothing to be anxious about now as Zaitsev is ready to make his return to the Leafs lineup for game three. But it's not been an issue so far and even members of the opposition think the subject is overblown.

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"At the end of the day it's just hockey", Washington defenseman Matt Niskanen said.

"I've been in tons of these series where you play lots of overtime", he said. So everything is magnified, that's all.

Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Evgeny Kuznetsov scored for the Presidents' Trophy-winning Capitals.

All three games have been decided in overtime. After Dino Ciccarrelli scored four goals in a 7-2 win in Game 4, Penguins Coach Scotty Bowman dictated the matchups for the remainder of the series and effectively out-coached Terry Murray.

May then offered solutions on how the Capitals could combat the Maple Leafs' strategy before returning to Washington's own strategic problems.

Maple Leafs goal: Connor Brown from Nazem Kadri and Leo Komarov at 15:13 in the 2nd period.

Could Toronto send the favorites to an early elimination?

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Ovechkin, who scored his second goal of the series to give the Capitals a 2-0 lead less than five minutes into Monday's game, played seven seconds more than third-line center Lars Eller and 2:01 more than fourth-line forward Tom Wilson.

Ovechkin and defenseman John Carlson added goals for Washington. Craig Anderson finished with 17 saves.

Noel Acciari, David Backes and David Pastrnak answered for the Bruins in their second straight three-goal second period. Tuukka Rask stopped 28 shots.

Zaitsev was playing his first game of the series and first ever in the National Hockey League playoffs after sitting out the opening two games with a suspected concussion.

Filip Forsberg erased Chicago's two-goal third period lead by himself. Holtby made 47 saves. We should (have won) this game (Monday), but we made a couple of mistakes with a couple of unlucky bounces.

Ottawa's first goal of the night came after Erik Karlsson flipped a pass behind Boston's defense to spring Hoffman on a breakaway.

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