The Toronto Maple Leafs edged the Washington Capitals in the NHL playoffs on a Monday full of overtime drama.
The Maple Leafs twice faced two-goal deficits but battled back from 2-0 and 3-1 to force overtime for the third time in three games to begin this must-watch series.
Tyler Bozak's goal, a point-blank deflection that gave Braden Holtby scant chance at a save, was a thing of beauty, sending Leafs fans into an unfamiliar frenzied state of euphoria courtesy of a 4-3 OT win and 2-1 series lead.
Overtime was needed in all four games.
The Ottawa Senators took a 2-1 series lead against the Boston Bruins with a 4-3 win and the Nashville Predators are 3-0 up against the Chicago Blackhawks after a 3-2 victory.
The Anaheim Ducks overcame the Calgary Flames 5-4 to lead their series 3-0.
Corey Perry, Ducks - Perry's first goal of the playoffs one minute, 30 seconds into overtime capped a ferocious Ducks comeback from down 4-1 in the second period to a 3-0 series lead. This was the 11th game decided in overtime through the first 22 of the playoffs.
Bobby Ryan, Senators - Ryan disappeared often during the regular season, but he has been Ottawa's most productive playoff performer thus far. He netted the overtime winner, bringing his series point total to four and putting Boston in a 2-1 series hole.
Filip Forsberg, Predators - Forsberg was the beneficiary of a couple of fortunate bounces to score both Predators third-period goals that erased a 2-0 deficit and forced overtime. Kevin Fiala finished the job, scoring with 3:16 left in the extra frame.
Was Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford interfered with on the Predators' tying goal? Just before Forsberg buried his second of the game, Viktor Arvidsson appeared to bump Crawford's head while skating in front of the crease. Chicago coach Joel Quenneville challenged the call, but the goal stood.
Tuesday's game to watch
Game four: Penguins at Blue Jackets - The Blue Jackets, after finishing fourth in the NHL with 108 regular-season points, are in serious jeopardy of coming up empty in the postseason, facing a 3-0 series deficit. If a comeback is in the offing, it will have to be done without stud rookie defenseman Zach Werenski, who is out for the playoffs with a facial fracture suffered in game three. The Penguins will end the misery sooner rather than later.
23. Juni 2017
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|Thurston to undergo surgery, miss rest of 2017|
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|Cambiasso: I didn´t fit in at Madrid because I wasn´t a galactico|
|Benzema eyeing more titles with Madrid|
|Mignolet ´really hungry´ for silverware with Liverpool|
|Spieth opens with 63 to lead Travelers|
|Ball stays in LA, goes to Lakers with number two pick|
|Philadelphia 76ers select Fultz with number one overall pick|
|Salah: Everything has improved since I left Chelsea|
|Low lauds ´excellent´ Stindl after Germany draw|
|Rangers swoop for Mexico duo Pena and Herrera|
22. Juni 2017
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|Alexis Sanchez´s record-breaking goal ´very special´, says Pizzi|
|Chiefs part ways with Dorsey but give Reid an extension|
|Super Sanchez and Chile thwarted by Germany but World Cup ambitions firmly on track|
|Salah can win at the highest level with Liverpool, says Klopp|
|Hamilton focused on beating Ferrari, not driving for them|
|The life of a front player - Cameroon boss Broos reflects on Aboubakar horror show|
|Liverpool complete €42m Salah signing|
|Azarenka comeback halted by Konjuh in Mallorca|
|Germany 1 Chile 1: Stindl denies record-breaker Sanchez|
|Cameroon identified Ryan weakness, Zambo Anguissa reveals|
|Svitolina doubtful for Wimbledon after Birmingham exit|
|Lonzo Ball makes case for LeBron James to join him on Lakers|
|Hamilton clarifies F1 retirement talk|
|Real Madrid reject Mourinho contract allegations|
|Alexis Sanchez becomes Chile´s all-time top goalscorer with Germany strike|
|Querrey ousts giant-killer Thompson as Cilic powers on|
|Garcia two behind surprise package Ormsby in Munich|
|Shaqiri to Roma? Stoke have ´no plans´ to sell|
|Federer reaches last eight in Halle, injury concern for Nishikori|
|Bad moon rising for Postecoglou as Australia stumble again|
|Day´s struggles continue, McIlroy back in the red|
|Mexico v Russia: Cherchesov ready for ´final´ with last-four spot at stake|
|Cameroon 1 Australia 1: VAR in the spotlight again as Socceroos claim controversial point|
|Mainz sign Germany keeper Adler|
|Dennis opted out of Tour de France selection|
|Man Utd target Morata sets out aim for ´busy´ 2018|
|Vettel: Ferrari deserve more credit for bridging Mercedes gap|
|Balotelli ´ready to make financial effort´ for Nice stay|
|Santos staying positive as Lucas Lima to Barcelona rumours swirl|
|Arsenal extend Asano´s Stuttgart loan|
|Lorenzo hoping to be remembered fondly after retirement|
|Raiders make Derek Carr richest player in NFL history with contract extension|
|Halep accepts Eastbourne wildcard|
|Afghanistan and Ireland confirmed as Full Members by ICC|
|New Zealand v Portugal: Pepe urges Selecao to be faithful to their style|
|Super League promotion for 21-year-old referee|
|No negotiations with Barcelona for Dembele - Dortmund´s Zorc|
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|Team Sky name strong Tour de France support act for Froome|
|F1 Raceweek: Bottas pressed on 2018 drive, Ocon and Perez make up|
|World Cup in Russia will be safe and successful, vows sports minister|
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|China U20s set to play in German league|
|Nishikori retires from Halle clash with Khachanov|
|Dortmund defender Guerreiro´s injury downgraded to bruising|
|Ducuing to make first France start, Plisson and Dulin return|
|Shanghai SIPG star Oscar handed eight-game ban|
|Ireland hand first starts to Tracy and Treadwell|
|Cavani one of best strikers on planet - Di Maria|
|Guerreiro confirms fracture, ruled out of Confederations Cup remainder|
|He´s human we´ve all been there - Rojas defends New Zealand skipper Wood|
|Kasper Schmeichel at Man Utd would be ´a dream´ for dad Peter|
|Borussia Dortmund move for Barcelona wonderkid Lee|
|Worry is a wasted emotion - Hansen not concerned by Lions challenge|