Monday, April 17, 2017

Video: Auston Matthew's First Playoff Goal

The first question we asked when Auston Matthews tucked this puck past Braden Holtby for his first career playoff goal on Monday night during the first period of Game 3 of the Maple Leaf-Capitals series: FIRST OF HOW MANY????

Will he reach 50 like Sidney Crosby did last week? Will the Leafs be that good of a team over the course of Matthews career to get him that many opportunities to rack up playoff goals? Hockey fans can only hope.

But let's not get ahead of ourselves. Matthews' marker enabled the Leafs to cut Washington's lead in half before the end of the first period. Toronto got steamrolled early but they got the wake-up call and picked up their physicality to get back into the game by the end of the first. Every time we've counted the Leafs out this series they've bounced back and done something incredible. Will that happen again tonight?