Matthews scored a goal and added an assist in a 3-2 victory over Ottawa on Saturday night.
The goal came on the power play and stood as the game winner, boosting his performance in specialty formats. It was a one-timer from the high-slot off a tidy back pass from Mitch Marner. The Leafs' top line of Matthews, Marner and Joe Thornton tallied seven points on the night and looks like they're really starting to gel. Matthews is going to be in the Rocket Richard hunt all season long. Use him well.
Matthews has dropped 14 pounds after focusing on flexibility and agility this offseason, reports The Athletic.
He went from 224 to a lean 210 and didn't lose any strength or endurance. Matthews transformed his diet and training approach, working with the trainer that transformed Patrick Kane a couple years back. They focused on flexibility and core strength using a mix of yoga, Pilates and other body-weight exercises. Matthews' goal was to reduce injury risk and get more "pop" on the ice. Through camp, he has been dominant. Kane delivered a career-best 110 points the season after he worked with the same trainer, so we're excited to see the next version of Matthews.
Matthews scored the game-winning goal in overtime and added two assists in Friday's 4-3 win over the Blue Jackets.
Matthews set up John Tavares and Zach Hyman during Toronto's third-period rally. The young superstar then converted on his 10th shot of the game to complete the comeback and tie the series at two. Matthews has two goals, four helpers, 21 shots and a plus-2 rating in four games so far.
Matthews recorded a power-play helper and four blocked shots in Thursday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Blue Jackets in Game 3.
Matthews' assist came on a William Nylander goal in the second period. The 22-year-old Matthews has three points, 11 shots and an even plus-minus rating in the series so far. He'll be counted on to lead the offense in Friday's must-win Game 4.
Matthews tallied a goal and an assist with three shots and two hits in a 3-0 win over Columbus on Tuesday in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Qualifiers.
Matthews opened the scoring with four minutes left in the second period, driving the middle and re-directing a Zach Hyman feed for Toronto's first goal of the series. Matthews also set up Morgan Rielly's empty-netter in the final minute of regulation. The 22-year-old superstar is coming off a regular season in which he set career highs for points (80) and goals (47) in only 70 games.
Matthews fired six shots in 24:38 in a 2-0 loss to Columbus in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Qualifiers on Sunday.
Matthews' ice time outpaced the next closest Leaf forward by almost three minutes. He was even on the ice more than any blueliner. Matthews is a horse, and it's only a matter of time before the 47-goal scorer finds twine. Game 2 is Tuesday.
General Manager Kyle Dubas said Sunday that Matthews is "fit to play" and will be at training camp when it opens Monday, Joshua Kloke of The Athletic reports.
It was reveled June 19 that Matthews had tested positve for COVID-19 and was self-quarantining in his home in Arizona. After enough negative tests, the phenom was cleared to rejoin the team and begin preparations for the season's restart that is set to begin Aug. 1. The 22-year-old was sensational during the regular season before the league's pause, racking up 47 goals and 80 points in 70 games.
Matthews has tested positive for COVID-19, Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun reports.
This news comes on the heels of the Lightning announcing they have temporarily closed their training facility after three players and two staff members tested positive for COVID-19. Matthews is currently self-quarantining at his home in Arizona, and at this point it's too early to speculate on whether his illness will affect his availability for Toronto's training camp, which is tentatively scheduled to start July 10.
Matthews sits third in the NHL goal race with 47 in 70 games, just one snipe behind David Pastrnak and Alexander Ovechkin.
Matthews' game has taken a big leap this season. He has 10 more goals than he did in almost the same number of games in 2018-19 (68). And there are even rumors he could be considered for a Selke trophy, awarded to the top two-way player in the league. Just take a look at his plus-minus. Sure, it's a maligned stat. But there's a huge swing between minus-9 a year ago and plus-19 this season. Matthews really is a fantasy building block.
Matthews and his teammates learned Thursday the NHL announced that the 2019-20 season has been suspended until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic.
In a statement released Thursday, commissioner Gary Bettman said "In light of ongoing developments resulting from the coronavirus, and after consulting with medical experts and convening a conference call of the Board of Governors, the National Hockey League is announcing today that it will pause the 2019-20 season beginning with tonight's games." Bettman went on to say "Our goal is to resume play as soon as it is appropriate and prudent so that we will be able to complete the season and award the Stanley Cup. Until then, we thank NHL fans for your patience and hope you stay healthy."
Matthews netted a goal on five shots and dished an assist in Tuesday's 5-2 loss to the Sharks.
The 22-year-old center's point streak is now at four games (three goals, three helpers). Matthews has a career-high 46 goals and 79 points in 67 appearances this season. He's added 275 shots, a plus-20 rating and 24 power-play points.
Matthews scored his 45th goal of the season in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Canucks.
Not only can he score, but there are murmurs that Matthews' game has grown so much that he's one of the best two-way pivots in the game. That's heady praise for a 22-year-old. Mattthews sits two goals behind David Pastrnak and two ahead of Alexander Ovechkin. The Rocket Richard is going to go down to the wire.
Matthews scored a goal and added an assist Thursday in a 5-3 win over the Panthers.
Matthews has 76 points, including 44 goals, in 65 games, but this was just his second multi-point game in his last 10. He sits two goals behind David Pastrnak for the NHL lead and one ahead of Alexander Ovechkin.
Matthews scored his 43rd goal of the season in Tuesday's 5-2 loss to the Penguins.
He ripped home a one-timer on a feed from William Nylander late in the second period to get the Leafs on the board, but the team was already down 5-0 at that point. Matthews has found the back of the net in three of the last four games, and in 20 games to begin 2020 he's piled up 16 goals and 24 points. The 22-year-old is now one goal ahead of David Pastrnak in the race for the Rocket Richard Trophy, 43 to 42, with Alex Ovechkin lurking in third with 40.
Matthews scored a goal and added an assist in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Senators.
The goal was Matthews' 42nd in 59 games. He remains on target to flirt with his first 100-point season. Matthews is tied for the NHL goals lead with Bruins forward David Pastrnak, who scored earlier Saturday in a win over Detroit.
Matthews scored a power-play goal in Toronto's 3-2 loss to Dallas on Thursday.
Matthews' ice time has been creeping up -- he skated 27:05 Thursday night. And that's delivering results -- this was his 41st goal of the season. Matthews has flourished since Mike Babcock disappeared. He's now tied with David Pastrnak for the NHL goal lead.
Matthews scored a goal and added three assists, two of them on the power play, in Friday's 5-4 overtime win over the Ducks.
His final helper led to John Tavares' OT winner. Matthews has an active six-game point streak during which he's racked up a scorching six goals and 11 points, pushing him up to 40 goals -- tying his prior career high -- and 68 points through only 55 games.
Matthews scored twice on five shots and was minus-3 in Wednesday's 5-3 loss to the Rangers.
Matthews nearly single-handedly brought Toronto back from a 3-1 deficit, with both of his goals drawing the Maple Leafs to within a goal. They were his 38th and 39th tallies of the season, leaving him on the doorstep of his first 40-goal campaign since his rookie year of 2016-17. Matthews will take a five-game point streak (five goals, two assists) into Friday's tilt against Anaheim.
Matthews scored a goal and led all players with seven shots in Monday's 5-3 loss to the Panthers.
Matthews scored in the opening minute of the second period to give Toronto a 3-1 lead. It was his 37th goal in 53 games, matching his total from the entire 2018-19 season (68 games). Matthews is gunning for his first 40-goal campaign since his rookie season of 2016-17 and his 62 points have him within striking distance of the career-high 73 he had last season.
Matthews scored a goal, his 36th of the campaign, and also collected an assist in Wednesday's 5-3 win over Dallas.
Overall, it was a good night for Matthews besides the struggles in the faceoff circle, where he lost 13 of 24 draws. The two points give him 60 across 51 appearances this season, putting Matthews on pace for his first 80-point campaign. The American superstar might challenge the 90-point threshold before all is said and done. Matthews also had two blocked shots in the win.
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