By Julie Glass
Tyler Bozak scored 1:37 into overtime to cap Toronto’s comeback from a two-goal second-period deficit, and the Maple Leafs beat the visiting Washington Capitals, 4-3, last night to take a 2-1 lead in their first-round playoff series.
Auston Matthews and Nazem Kadri each had a goal and an assist, and William Nylander (above) also scored for Toronto. Frederik Andersen made 23 saves.
Toronto trailed by 2-0 in the first period and then by 3-1 early in the second before Kadri and Nylander scored 4:07 apart to tie the score in the final minute of the period.
Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Evgeny Kuznetsov scored for the Capitals.
All three games so far have been decided in overtime.
SENATORS GET PAST BRUINS Bobby Ryan scored on a tip-in on a power play 5:43 into overtime, and the Ottawa Senators recovered after giving up a three-goal lead to beat the Bruins, 4-3, in Boston to take a 2-1 lead in their first-round series.
Mike Hoffman added two goals for Ottawa, with Derick Brassard scoring the other. Craig Anderson finished with 17 saves.
It was the second straight overtime game of the series.
This time, the Bruins rallied from a 3-0 deficit with three goals in the second period, tying the score on a power-play goal by David Pastrnak. Noel Acciari and David Backes also scored for the Bruins.