After a four-day break following the Toronto game, Boston will play three games in four nights. Goaltender Frederik Andersen was the victor in all three and is 7-0 lifetime against Boston. McIntyre (0-4-1) relieved and wound up as the loser. It was also the third win in three meetings with the Bruins this season, a team that otherwise had been dominant in the division. Rookie Auston Mathews had three assists and fellow rookie Mitch Marner two for the Leafs (24-17-9).
It appears the Boston Bruins have avoided a major injury with forward Patrice Bergeron.
So now the Bruins get a break in the regular season schedule, and only play a handful of games over the next three weeks with little way to help themselves while their playoff competition catches up with all of their games in hand.
On a night where the Bruins could exert some level of control on their own possible playoff destiny, they instead lost to a young, exciting Maple Leafs bunch that leaves Toronto just a point behind the Bruins in the playoff race with five games in hand. Andersen made 36 saves and improved to 22-11-6. The Bruins are 0-4 in their last 4 when their opponent allows 5 goals or more in their previous game and the over is 6-0 in Bruins last 6 vs.
But the Bruins rallied back.
And the game started out the way the B's wanted, scoring on their first shot at 2:17.
Nylander's second of the night came on the power play when he looked off Leo Komarov and quick released a shot past Rask to give the Leafs a 3-1 lead.
Rask, who has been battling a lower-body injury, was given the hook at that point after allowing four goals on 14 shots. But they scrapped back with two before the second was out, and then Ryan Spooner tied the game at 10:06 of the third when he pounced on a loose puck off a Zdeno Chara point shot and fired it into the open net. "I think that's part of it for sure", Toronto coach Mike Babcock said.
Bergeron was in and out of the lineup in the third period of Wednesday night's loss to the Washington Capitals after blocking a slap shot from Matt Niskanen with his right knee.
"You always want them to mean a lot", Leafs rookie winger Connor Brown said of the crucial stretch ahead. "I imagine tonight, (David) Krejci and Bergeron and those guys know who he is, so they're going to play hard against him.". Now they must fatefully hope that teams like the Maple Leafs, Panthers, Flyers and Islanders keep losing hockey games rather than blowing right past them in the standings on the way to edging them out of the postseason picture.
Bruins: Host the San Jose Sharks on Thursday in the second of four straight at TD Garden.