Auston Matthews scored his 55th goal of the season on Thursday to become the Toronto Maple Leafs’ all-time franchise leader before scoring his 56and in overtime to give the Leafs a 4-3 win over the Dallas Stars.
Matthews broke former Leafs captain Rick Vaive’s record of scoring 54 times during the 1981-82 season. The 24-year-old set the mark in his 66th game of the season.
“I was so excited, there’s not much more to say than that,” Matthews said after the game of his record goal.
“Giordano gave me a nice pass, directly into my shooting range. I just tried to attack the puck. There were a lot of things going through my mind. »
Matthews leads the league in goals ahead of Edmonton Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl, who is second with 50 goals this season.
“We’re very happy for Auston,” defenseman Morgan Rielly said. “She’s a beautiful person. He leads his life the right way, he leads us the right way. He is a good leader and he remains humble. He works hard and he deserves it. That’s nice to look at. »
Selected first overall in the 2016 NHL Draft by the Leafs, Matthews won the Rocket Richard Trophy for the first time last season, scoring 41 goals.
Prior to this year, his career goals high was 47 which he accomplished in the 2019-20 campaign.
William Nylander and Morgan Rielly scored Toronto’s other two goals. The Stars’ line came from Tyler Seguin, John Klingberg and Joe Pavelski. The Leafs outscored the Landers 41-18, but a tough outing from Jack Campbell gave his former team an important point in the fight for the final playoff spot in the West.
The Hurricanes confirm their place in the playoffs
Sebastian Aho and Jordan Staal each scored twice as the Carolina Hurricanes rallied from a two-goal deficit to beat the Buffalo Sabers 5-3 to confirm their playoff spot on Thursday.
The Hurricanes reached 100 points (46-17-8) for only the second time in team history. They still have 11 games to play on the schedule.
Teuvo Teravainen also scored for the Hurricanes. Andrei Svechnikov and Seth Jarvis had two assists. Antti Raanta stopped 18 shots in the win.
Tage Thompson, Alex Tuch and Victor Olofsson scored for the Sabers, who lost only the second time in regulation in their last 11 games. Former Hurricanes star Jeff Skinner set up the Sabers’ first two goals. Craig Anderson made 27 saves.
A 1st in 3 years for Connauton
Kevin Connauton, Owen Tippett and Noah Cates all scored in the second period for the Philadelphia Flyers to give them a 4-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday.
Travis Konecny also scored in the third period for the Flyers, who won their second straight road game. Martin Jones stopped 26 shots while Kevin Hayes had two assists.
Eric Robinson scored the lone goal for the Blue Jackets, who have lost eight of their last nine games. Elvis Merzlikins stopped 27 shots.
Grubauer and the Kraken shut out the Blackhawks
Philipp Grubauer made 29 saves for his second shutout of the season and the Seattle Kraken blanked the Chicago Blackhawks 2-0 on Thursday.
Alex Wennberg and Jordan Eberle hit the mark for the Kraken.
Grubauer was little tested by the Blackhawks, who lost a sixth straight game (0-4-2).
Kevin Lankinen stopped 29 shots in the loss.
Prior to the start of the game, the Blackhawks announced that they will retire Marian Hossa’s number 81 next season. He signed a one-day contract with the Illinois team to step down as a member of the Blackhawks.
Hossa played the last eight seasons of his 19-year career with the Blackhawks and was an important cog in the Stanley Cup victories of 2010, 2013 and 2015.