Despite the Leafs’ loss to the Jets last night, Auston Matthews was the story.
He scored two goals in the game, one to open the scoring and one to tie the game late and send it to overtime, giving him 30 goals on the season. It was the fourth time in his four-year career Matthews had eclipsed the 30-goal plateau, making him only the 15th player in league history to reach such a feat. Matthews has 142 goals in 257 games in his NHL career and he’s on pace to finally reach the 50-goal mark this season. He’s been a great goal-scorer since breaking into the league as a 19-year-old, but, this season, he’s reaching another level.
For those who missed the game, here are his goals from last night…
First, he takes a feed from Mitch Marner in the Jets’ zone and roofs a shot over a completely frozen Connor Hellebyuck to tie the game at 1-1. The best part of this goal, though, wasn’t the perfect shot. It was the backcheck, steal, and between-the-legs pass to Marner that Matthews made to flip a Jets transition into a Leafs opportunity.
Author: Cam Lewis / The Leafs Nation