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NHL: Auston Matthews scored 60 goals

NHL: Auston Matthews scored 60 goals


Auston Matthews scored 60 goals with two goals against the Detroit Red Wings Tuesday night in Toronto.

Matthews He achieved this feat with a powerful wrist shot from the top of the circles To beat Alex Nedelijkovic at 5:49 out of 3And period to give his team a 3-0 lead.

The American striker opened the scoring Completing the backhand, a good throw in from Jason Spiza in front of the net.

Matthews became the first player to score 60 goals in a single season since Stephen Stamkos of Tampa Bay Lightning in 2011-12. The 24-year-old center is also the first American-born player to score 60 goals in a single season.

“It was a very special moment, to be honest. The welcome given to me by my teammates, the fans, it was really all there for the shivering in your body,” the NHL top scorer stated, five goals ahead of Edmonton Oilers’ Lyon Draisaitl.

Matthews passed Fife for the most goals in a single season in Maple Leafs history when he scored the 55th in a 4-3 win over the Dallas Stars on April 7. His next goal allowed him to score the record for most goals in a single season by an American-born player in NHL history, surpassing Kevin Stevens (1992-93 with the Pittsburgh Penguins) and Jimmy Carson (1987-88 with the Los Angeles Kings).

Matthews is the 21st and 3rd active player in NHL history to score at least 60 goals in a single season. Other active players to make this happen are Stamkos and Alex Ovechkin of the Capitals (65 in 2007-08).

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“It’s a very unique and rare achievement,” said coach Sheldon Keefe. He works hard. We all know he has great skills, but he never gives up his game. He takes it very seriously, to improve it every day. Seeing him achieve this level of performance and results is extraordinary.

“I am very happy for Auston, and you can see that made him happy too. I loved the reaction of our fans. They acknowledged him and gave him a warm welcome for the significance of this achievement,” Keefe added.

Mike Posey and Wayne Gretzky share an NHL record for most seasons of 60 goals, five each.

John Tavares also scored for the Leafs. They will have an ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs, against Boston or Tampa Bay.

William Nylander provided two assists and Jack Campbell made 20 saves in his fifth close of the season.

Elsewhere, Toronto has made a mark for the club with 30 home wins this season.

Matthews perfect shot for the 60th season