Nylander takes Kadri s spot centring third line

Nylander takes Kadri s spot centring third line
William Nylander will switch to centre for Game 3 as the Maple Leafs adjust to life without Nazem Kadri, whose suspension remained pending, when they face the Boston Bruins on Monday night.

Nylander centred Patrick Marleau and Connor Brown while Tyler Ennis drew in to the fourth line with Frederik Gauthier and Trevor Moore after being a healthy scratch for Games 1 and 2.

“He’s got to play hard,” Leafs coach Mike Babcock said of Nylander. “It’s real simple: The team that played the hardest won Game 1. The team that played the hardest won Game 2. He’s got to compete at a high level with and without the puck.”

Nylander said he was embarrassed by his giveaway that led to a Boston goal in Game 2.

“That was pretty sh---y,” said Nylander. “It happens sometimes. Try not to think about it any more. Just forget about it. It’s Game 3 now.”

It’s been a physical series so far. The Bruins are limping with Torey Krug and Jake DeBrusk – the victim of Kadri’s cross check – will play Monday’s game. Both took part in Monday s morning skate.

“We’ve got to get back to the same intensity we had in Game 1, that’s for sure and be ready,” said Nylander. “I want to try to try to create a lot of offensive-zone play for us. Offence is huge. The matchups are good. Every line is important.”

Goalie Michael Hutchinson will back up Frederik Andersen, with Garret Sparks practising on his own.

Ennis said he was excited to get back in.

“I feel great, excited to go, can’t wait to get in there,” said Ennis. “Just go play hard. The last couple of games have been physical, playoff hockey. Everyone is itching to play. Everyone wants to play in the playoffs. It’s the most fun you can have playing hockey.”
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