Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Watch: Laine Scores 30th Goal and Brawl Ensues

It has been an amazing year for rookies. So amazing, in fact, that Dustin Byfuglien and Matt Martin decided to drop the gloves to fight about which team had the better rookie--Toronto's Auston Matthews or Winnipeg's Patrik Laine. The answer? Inconclusive.

What we do know is that Laine pumped in a pair of goals during Winnipeg's 5-4 overtime loss to the Leafs on Tuesday at Air Canada Centre, making the 18-year-old Finn the first rookie in over a decade to score 30 goals in 55 games or less.

The rookie also joins hockey legends Teemu Selanne and Jarri Kurri as one of just three Finnish-born players to score 30 in his rookie season.

Laine's two goals give him 30-24-54 on the season, but don't forget about Matthews, who registered three assists to push his points total to 52 (28-24-52).

This year's rookie scoring race looks like it might end up being more riveting than the Art Ross Trophy race. Neither Laine nor Matthews is in the Top 10 of the NHL's scoring race, but Laine is just three behind Sidney Crosby in the goal-scoring race, while Matthews is tied for fourth with 28.