NHL: Maple Leafs want Austin Matthews to score 60 goals

John Tavares makes no bones about it, he’d love to see teammate Auston Matthews cap out his historic season with the Maple Leafs by hitting the 60-goal record.

“No doubt, we want to see it,” said the Toronto captain a few hours before the duel against the Detroit Red Wings.

Matthews, who has 58 goals in 72 games, already has a team record for most goals in a season with the Maple Leafs and he should get his hands on the Maurice Richard Trophy unless there is an offensive blast by Leon Draisaitl in the next few years days.

However, we feel that a 59 would give this already very special season a whole new meaningand and a 60and Goal.

“It would mean a lot to me,” Matthews told reporters. I try to do my best, produce and score in every game. I had some really good chances lately, but the puck didn’t go in the net. If I keep having those chances, I know I’ll score. »

“It wouldn’t be the end of the world either. It’s not my only goal of the season. We have a lot more to do. »

Leafs players are obviously paying close attention to this plateau, but it’s important for Tavares that his teammates maintain the same habits that paved the way for their success this season.

“We want him to reach that plateau, but we have to keep the same approach and things will happen. Check out his goals-per-game average, chances are good! We want to play the same way and that goes for him too,” said Tavares.

The captain spent much of his interview with Toronto media praising his famous teammate.

“It’s going very well for him. It keeps up an incredible pace. His game keeps growing. It’s not just what he does, but how he does it. Everyone sees his progress and his results are phenomenal. In our group we know that we meet a remarkable player and a good person.

Even Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill had good words for the Toronto star.

“Some nights Austin is a beast at the rink. He has it all, the size, the skill, the speed and an incredible shot. Once in his zone, he’s extremely difficult to contain, even for the best players on other teams. »

The Maple Leafs meet at 2and Ranked in the Atlantic Division with 111 points after 80 games. If the playoffs started today, Toronto would play the Tampa Bay Lightning, two holders of the Stanley Cup, in the first round. After the game against Detroit, the Leafs host the Boston Bruins for their final game of the regular season on Friday night.

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