Auston Matthews Sets Two Records With One Goal
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Auston Matthews, Toronto Maple Leafs center, scored his 39th goal of the season, setting a record for most goals scored by U.S.-born NHL rookie in one season, according to espn.com.
Matthews, 19, scored his 39th goal in his 79th game in the first period, which moved him past Neal Broten for most goals scored by a U.S.-born rookie, according to nhl.com.
The goal was also Matthews’ 67th point of the season, which broke the franchise rookie record set by Peter Ihnacak in the 1982-83 season, according to si.com.
Auston Matthews’ 39th goal was the most goals by an NHL rookie since Alex Ovechkin, who was 20 at the time, scored 52 goals in the 2005-06 season, according to nhl.com.
Matthew’s became the first No. 1 overall pick to score at least 39 goals as a rookie since Alex Ovechkin (52) and Sidney Crosby (39) both did in the 2005-06 season, according to espn.com.
After the game, Matthews was more focused on the team closing in on a playoff spot than his own place in American hockey history, according to espn.com.
“I play with some pretty great players, so a lot of credit to them,” stated Matthews. “But I think the most important part is that, as a team, we have been getting better each game, each segment, so we are in a good spot right now and just need to continue to play well.”