(Photo : Claus Andersen/Getty Images) TORONTO, CANADA – Auston Matthews (#34) of the Toronto Maple Leafs waits for a faceoff in opposition to the Minnesota Wild in the course of the second interval in an NHL recreation at Scotiabank Arena.
Auston Matthews of the Toronto Maple Leafs is beginning the 2023-24 NHL season in explosive trend by recording hat methods within the staff’s first two video games.
After opening the season with three objectives over the Montreal Canadiens in final week’s 6-5 victory, the 26-year-old middle added a few extra hat methods in opposition to the Minnesota Wild on Saturday, October 14.
Matthews accounted for 2 of the three objectives of the Maple Leafs’ win over the Wild. The feat pushed him into the NHL document books, turning into solely the fifth participant in league historical past to publish back-to-back hat methods in a staff’s first two video games, the New York Post reported.
The 26-year-old skilled hockey participant thus joins the likes of Alexander Ovechkin, Reg Noble, Joe Malone, and Cy Denneny, per ESPN Stats and Info.
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Matthews makes Maple Leafs historical past
Aside from that, Auston Matthews additionally turned the primary participant since Wendel Clark to amass 5 or extra objectives in a season’s first two video games.
Matthews’ recreation final weekend additionally put him right into a tie with Mats Sundin for probably the most multi-goal recreation in franchise historical past, per NHL PR.
Matthews, Maple Leafs put together for Beddard and the Blackhawks
The Maple Leafs will want extra of that from Matthews after they face the Connor Beddard-led Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday, October 18. The Blackhawks are trying to bounce again after dropping to the Canadiens on Saturday, 3-2, Reuters reported.
“I think the work ethic has been there both games, and as a line just moving our feet, making sure we are taking care of each other defensively and just trying to attack offensively, and obviously the puck has been going in, so that’s always fun and always positive,” Matthews stated after their win over the Wild.
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