Embarrassed and desperate after getting steamrolled by the Bruins through the first two games at Boston, the Toronto Maple Leafs had a point to prove.
His name sitting comfortably at the top of that list, Auston Matthews responded in a big way.
Matthews scored the go-ahead goal in the second period to lead the Maple Leafs picked in a 4-2 victory Monday night, cutting the Bruins’ lead in their Eastern Conference first-round series to 2-1.
When you’re my age, social media doesn’t really affect your life, Babcock said. When you’re his age it affects your life. You know what people are saying.
Patrick Marleau had two goals, James van Riemsdyk also scored, and Mitch Marner and Morgan Rielly added two assists each for the Maple Leafs. Frederik Andersen stopped 40 shots.
Toronto will look to even the series here in Game 4 on Thursday night.
Manager John Gibbons is playing Maile every third game this season in an effort to keep Martin healthy, and he was thrilled to see the backup come through.
That’s big for him because he does everything great behind the plate, and now he’s not only getting hits, he’s getting big hits, Gibbons said.
Maile lined the second pitch he saw from Brian Flynn (0-1) down the right field line, driving in his third run of the game and handing the Royals their seventh straight loss. He has seven RBI this season, equaling last year’s total.
I’ve only got 300 or so at-bats in the big leagues, so I don’t have a ton of experience with it, Maile said. I feel like I’ve got a lot of experience behind the plate, but at it in big situations I haven’t had a ton.
Tyler Clippard (2-0) worked a scoreless 10th for his 50th career victory.
Kansas City starter Danny Duffy allowed two hits in six scoreless innings, striking out eight in his longest outing of the season, before Toronto rallied off Kansas City’s bullpen.