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Matthews finally catches break as Leafs have Bruins on the brink

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In addition to drawing the hard assignment of Patrice Bergeron's Perfection Line in this series, Muzzin also plays key minutes on a Toronto penalty kill that had been overwhelmed until Friday, when it went 3-for-3.

Toronto Maple Leafs' Auston Matthews (34) celebrates his goal with teammate Nikita Zaitsev (22) during the third period in Game 5 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series against the Boston Bruins in Boston, Friday, April 19, 2019.

Boston pulled Rask with under three minutes to go, and Krejci got the home side within one with 44 seconds left, which stood after a review for offside.

Trailing the Bruins 3-1 in the series at this time a year ago, the Leafs pulled off a 4-3 victory at TD Garden to force Game 6 back in Toronto. But Boston has scored first in three of the four games so far, and now the Bruins big guns are waking from their slumber.

Matthews ripped his famous one-timer past Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask for the first goal of the game.

Frederik Andersen had 28 saves for Toronto.

Toronto failed to covert on its power play in the third after the Bruins were nabbed for having too many men on the ice. The winger scored on a similar play while killing a penalty last spring - a goal that gave Toronto a 4-3 lead in Game 7. Kapanen was also credited with an assist on Matthews' goal, along with Muzzin.

Were we to tell you in advance of Game 5, you'd likely guess the Bruins would be the ones on top.

Krejci's shot hit the post at 12:39.

With Hyman clearly making contact (and the Bruins all convinced Rask was interfered with), its legitimacy will continue to be debated between now and puck drop on Game 6.

Cassidy put right winger David Pastrnak with Krejci on the second line for the second game in a row. First Patrice Bergeron was denied on a wrist shot. Even the league officials weren't sure and there was a video review, which confirmed the puck did not go into the net.

After Bruins rushing defenceman Torey Krug was knocked out of Game 2 from a hard Muzzin body-check, he commented that he thought he'd be safe because he wasn't used to Leafs defender playing the body with such vigor.

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