With Andrew Ference returning to the lineup and their preferred defence pairings back intact, the Boston Bruins hope to better limit the effectiveness of Game 2 goal scorer Phil Kessel as the series shifts to Toronto on Monday night.
Three storylines for Game 3 of the Leafs-Bruins series on Monday night in Toronto (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 6:30 p.m. ET):
1. How will the younger Maple Leafs deal with the excitement of the first NHL playoff game in Toronto in nine years?
The Maple Leafs don't have to be reminded how long it's been since the last Stanley Cup playoff game was contested in Toronto -- nine years, two days to be exact.
But many of the Maple Leafs, including the 10 who were making their NHL playoff debuts, did not handle the opening-night jitters well in Boston last Wednesday. Once again, they will have a new experience to deal with on Monday.
Toronto veteran Joffrey Lupul said it's up to his teammates to channel the energy inside the building in a positive manner. He added that the return of the playoffs to the Air Canada Centre will only be special if they can win Game 3.
While in Boston, the Maple Leafs were shown a short video clip of the estimated 2,000 people who showed up at Maple Leaf Square to watch the series opener on the giant outdoor television on the west side of the ACC last Wednesday. They were quite impressed with the turnout and the atmosphere.
There have been 311 regular-season games at the ACC without a post-season matchup, and as a result the environment inside the building for most Maple Leafs games has been rather corporate. But that is expected to change on Monday evening.
2. How will the Maple Leafs follow up their dynamic effort from Game 2?
Toronto's impressive performance in their 4-2 victory on Saturday will be difficult for the Maple Leafs to top. Toronto head coach Randy Carlyle expects the battle-hardened Bruins to bounce back with a better effort.
"Our message is that we're going to have to be better than we were because we know the Bruins are going to be better," Carlyle said.
Boston had too many turnovers and breakdowns in Game 2. The Maple Leafs were culpable in those areas in the series opener.
3. Can the Maple Leafs' speedy forward Phil Kessel continue to be a factor?
Kessel finally broke through for his first even-strength goal in 24 games against his former team when he scored on a breakaway early in the third period on Saturday. It also was Kessel's first point versus Boston in five games this year.
Carlyle did his best to keep Kessel away from Bruins defenceman Zdeno Chara on Saturday. Kessel split Boston blue-liners Johnny Boychuk and Dennis Seidenberg when he took a pass from linemate Nazem Kadri and beat goalie Tuukka Rask to make the score 3-1.
Bruins head coach Claude Julien called it "the parting of the red sea." Julien will feel better with the return of veteran defenceman Andrew Ference for Game 3. He sat out Game 2 due to a suspension for his hit to the head of Toronto's Mikhail Grabovski.
Ference's return will allow Julien to put Chara back with Seindenberg and Boychuk back with Ference.
Projected lines, defence pairings for Game 3
Joffrey Lupul -- Tyler Bozak -- Matt Frattin James van Riemsdyk -- Mikhail Grabovski -- Phil Kessel Ryan Hamilton -- Nazem Kadri -- Nikolai Kulemin Leo Komarov -- Jay McClement -- Colton Orr
Carl Gunnarsson -- Dion Phaneuf Jake Gardiner -- Ryan O'Byrne Mark Fraser -- Cody Franson
Starting goalie: James Reimer
Milan Lucic -- David Krejci -- Nathan Horton Brad Marchand -- Patrice Bergeron -- Tyler Seguin Rich Peverley -- Chris Kelly -- Jaromir Jagr Daniel Paille -- Gregory Campbell -- Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara -- Dennis Seidenberg Andrew Ference -- Johnny Boychuk Wade Redden -- Adam McQuaid
Tim WharnsbyTim's worked the sports beat at The Globe and Mail and the Toronto Sun, specializing in Canada's one true sporting obsession - hockey. He knows the players, the coaches, the backroom boys and most importantly, the fans. That's what he brings to his stories. Knowledge, fairness and understanding are trademarks of a Wharnsby story. That's what you will get here as he writes for CBCSports.ca.
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