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Bruins vs. Leafs live stream: Watch Stanley Cup playoffs Game 3 online

Bruins vs. Leafs live stream: Watch Stanley Cup playoffs Game 3 online

The Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs split the first two games of their first-round Stanley Cup playoffs series at TD Garden, and now the action shifts to Canada for Monday night's Game 3 at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto.

When a series is tied 1-1, the winner of Game 3 goes on to advance 67.9 percent of the time. The Bruins lost home ice advantage when the Leafs won 4-1 in the series opener, so Boston has to take at least one game in Toronto to reach the Eastern Conference semifinals in back-to-back seasons.

The physicality of the series went up several levels in Boston's Game 2 victory. Leafs forward Nazem Kadri was ejected for a cross check to the head of Bruins forward Jake DeBrusk, and he's expected to be suspended for at least Game 3. If Kadri is banned, young Leafs star Auston Matthews will need to step up his performance. The 21-year-old center scored 37 goals during the regular season but has only one goal and one assist in nine playoff games against the Bruins going back to last season. He's scoreless in the first two games of this series.

Here's how and when to watch Bruins vs. Leafs Game 3 online.

When: Monday, April 15 at 7 p.m. ET
TV Channel: NBC Sports Network
Live Stream: NBC Sports App

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2020 NHL trade deadline live: Latest rumors, news and completed deals

2020 NHL trade deadline live: Latest rumors, news and completed deals

The NHL trade deadline has arrived, and even though we've seen plenty of moves made over the last week, there are still many quality players rumored to be available who could be dealt in the coming hours.

The deadline is set for 3 p.m. ET, and the name atop every trade board is New York Rangers winger Chris Kreider. The 28-year-old plays a power forward-style of hockey that's well-suited for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and he's also a proven goal scorer. Kreider has scored 24 goals this season, and he's been on fire in February with 11 points (six goals, five assists) in 11 games. He has the talent to be the final piece of a contender's championship puzzle.

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One team that's been linked to Kreider in trade rumors for several weeks is the Boston Bruins, who are his hometown team. The Bruins made a trade last week with the Anaheim Ducks in which the defending Eastern Conference champions acquired forward Ondrej Kase in exchange for David Backes, prospect Axel Andersson and a 2020 first-round draft pick. Since that trade, two of the Bruins' main competitors in the East have made additional moves. The Washington Capitals traded for Montreal Canadiens winger Ilya Kovalchuk, while the Tampa Bay Lightning signed defenseman Zach Bogosian.

What will the Bruins and other Stanley Cup hopefuls do at the trade deadline? Keep it right here for the latest rumors, news, analysis and completed deals throughout Monday.

7 a.m. ET: The Canadiens made the smart move trading Kovalchuk for a draft pick, but his time in Montreal might not be totally over, as TSN's Pierre LeBrun explains.

If the Rangers and Kreider can't work out a new contract, will New York make a trade or risk losing him for nothing this summer in free agency?

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Potential Bruins trade target Ilya Kovalchuk heading to the Capitals

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Potential Bruins trade target Ilya Kovalchuk heading to the Capitals

The Boston Bruins passed on Ilya Kovalchuk once before. And now, ahead of the 2020 NHL trade deadline, it looks like they have passed on him again.

While there were rumors in early February that the Montreal Canadiens winger was drawing interest from the Bruins, they weren't the team that ultimately ended up trading for him.

Instead, the Washington Capitals acquired Kovalchuk to help their offense for the cost of a third-round pick, according to the Canadiens official Twitter account.

It's also worth noting that the Canadiens ate 50 percent of Kovalchuk's minuscule salary to help the cap-strapped Capitals, according to TSN's Pierre LeBrun.

So, the Kovalchuk trade will take another potential Bruins trade target off the board a day ahead of the NHL's trade deadline.

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Kovalchuk started the season with the Los Angeles Kings but fell out of favor amid struggles for both himself and the team. The Bruins were rumored to be among the initial suitors following his buyout, but they elected not to pursue him, instead sticking with Brett Ritchie and David Backes at the time. Ritchie has since been waived while Backes was waived and subsequently traded.

Kovalchuk has nine goals and 13 assists in 39 games played this season and has looked rejuvenated with the Canadiens. It's possible that he could've provided the team with a scoring jolt they need on the second line and at the very least, he would've provided cheap, veteran depth on either wing.

But it's also possible the team could be holding out in hopes of landing a bigger fish, like Chris Kreider of the New York Rangers, as they look to make another run to the Stanley Cup Final. And they did just land Ondrej Kase in a trade involving Backes, so perhaps they're hoping he can make an impact on their middle-two lines.

We'll soon see exactly what the Bruins have planned for Monday. But if Don Sweeney wants to make one last move to strengthen the Bruins core, he'll have to move fast to get it done as trade options continue to fly off the board.

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