Matthew had surgery to remove hardware from a previous surgery, but shouldn't see any impact on his offseason program. This probably explains why Matthews won't be traveling to Slovakia for the 2019 IIHF World Championship. There is no reason to think this will hamper the world-class center's ability to challenge his career-high 73 points he put up this year in 2019-20.
Matthews will not join Team USA for the 2019 IIHF World Championship, John Shannon of Sportsnet reports. Matthews put together a solid playoff campaign with five goals and one assist in seven games, but it wasn't enough to propel the Leafs past the Bruins. Although a shoulder injury limited the world-class center to just 68 games, he still managed to set career highs in assists (36), points (73) and power-play goals (12). Barring another injury, the California native should be a near lock for the 70-point mark next season and could push for 80-plus.
Matthews scored two goals, one on the power play, during Wednesday's 6-4 loss to the Bruins in Game 4. He fired a game-high seven shots on net in this one, giving the 21-year-old three goals on 19 shots, plus an assist, through four contests. Matthews is catching fire at the right time, but he'll need to stay hot Friday for Game 5 if the Leafs are going to steal another win in Boston.
Matthews found the scoresheet twice Monday, scoring a goal and tallying an assist in a 3-2 win over Boston in Game 3. Toronto now leads the series 2-1. After being held off the scoresheet in the first two games, Matthews broke out in a big way, recording a pair of points on the power play Monday night. All game, the Bruins struggled to contain No. 34 at even strength, and the visitors had even more trouble accounting for Matthews on the penalty kill. Heading into Game 4, the Bruins will need to do a better job slowing the 21-year-old down, but we're sure Matthews has other ideas.
Matthews fired five shots but was held off the scoresheet Saturday in Toronto's 4-1 loss to Boston in Game 2. Matthews hasn't been a factor so far this series. He has eight shots but no points in two games. And he has just one assist in his last six games overall. Matthews can be a beast, but he hasn't been able to assert himself against the abrasive Bruins. There's still time, though.
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