Matthews makes difference as Maple Leafs beat Bruins in Game 3

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That allowed Charlie Coyle to get one back for Boston just 37.3 seconds before the second intermission.

The Bruins are 5-2 in their last 7 meetings with the Maple Leafs and 15-5 in their last 20 games following a win while the home team is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings between these sides.

But a third incident in the Bruins' 4-1 victory inside a deafening TD Garden on Saturday night that knotted their first-round playoff series 1-1 saw Kadri snap in yet another moment of post-season madness.

Kadri has been offered a hearing from the league's Department of Player Safety following a cross-check he delivered to the face of Bruins winger Jake DeBrusk in the final minutes of Saturday's Game 2 in Boston. "You've just got to find another level to dig in".

Mike Babcock speaks with the media following tonight's game. "If you're playing brutal, you don't want to be out there, but if you have it going, the team is playing well, it's a big game, you want to be out there as much as you can, as much as your body will let you".

Kadri was then felled by a knee-on-knee hit - again from DeBrusk - that resulted in him limping off before he eventually returned to the fray. So it was Monday night with the Leafs' fourth line of Frederik (The Goat) Gauthier, Moore and Tyler Ennis, who dressed for his first game of the playoffs in place of Kadri. Two games into the 2013 series, a matchup where the Bruins also had home ice advantage, the Leafs were in a very similar spot to where they are now, stealing one win on Boston ice before heading back to their own barn. You've got to own your play, you've got to own your discipline, you've got to own what's going on for you. So far in the first two games of this series, we have seen no more than five goals scored.

Kadri travelled to NY for an in-person hearing, meaning the league had the option to suspend the player for more than five games. Finesse is clearly the Maple Leafs' game, but they showed grit in Game 3. Kadri looked to be injured but no penalty was called on DeBrusk.

National Hockey League first-round playoff action on Monday evening and a pair of teams from the Atlantic Division will square off as the Boston Bruins tangle with the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario.

Barely a year ago, the centre sat out three games of the Leafs' series against Boston after charging into an already down Tommy Wingels.

Boston hit everything in sight, jumping out to 3-0 lead in the second period before Kadri scored midway through the third, about four minutes before his cross-check on DeBrusk. He plays a valuable third-line role for Toronto. Bruins defenceman Connor Clifton sat out with an undisclosed injury, while winger Marcus Johansson missed a second consecutive game with an illness.

If Babcock can trust Kadri - who is under contract through the 2021-22 season with an annual average salary of $4.5-million United States - we aren't sure how. Yes, they are in the playoffs, but they have been an inconsistent team for most of the year and they come into this game having lost 11 of their last 16 games.

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