Maple Leafs' Auston Matthews becomes NHL's first 60-goal scorer since 2012

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Auston Matthews’ transcendent season reached among its greatest peaks yet Tuesday night. The Toronto Maple Leafs star scored his 60th objective of the year versus the Detroit Red Wings, making him the very first U.S.-born gamer and just the 3rd active NHL gamer in the 60-objective club. 

The goal made Matthews Toronto’s initially 60-goal gamer as no NHL gamer has actually scored 60-plus given that Steven Stamkos in 2011-12.  Matthews, who likewise has 46 helps this season for 106 points, signs up with Alex Ovechkin as one of just 2 active gamers with a minimum of 60 objectives and 100 points. 

Only Matthews, Stamkos and Ovechkin have actually reached 60 objectives over the previous 25 years. Matthews got to the 60-goal turning point the fastest amongst the 3, as it took him 73 video games compared to Ovechkin (76) and Stamkos (82). 

Matthews, a six-year pro, who’s invested his whole NHL profession in Toronto, scored his historical 60th objective at the 5:49 mark of the 3rd duration. The 24-year-old California native fired a wrist shot past 3 Red Wings protectors to offer Toronto a 3-0 lead it would keep up until its success. 

That wasn’t Matthews’ just highlight-worthy play of the night. A duration previously, Matthews beat Red Wings goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic with a clever backhand to open the video game’s scoring. 

Tuesday’s video game benefitted Matthews’ tradition and Toronto’s playoff possibilities. The Maple Leafs locked themselves into 2nd location in the Atlantic and protected house ice in the preliminary with their 3-0 win. Now, with one regular-season video game staying, Matthews and the Maple Leafs will direct their sights towards the Stanley Cup. 

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