In a historic night for Auston Matthews the Maple Leafs fell short in the shootout against the Winnipeg Jets. Two goals from Matthews would force overtime and earned the Leafs a point.

Matthews Joins Elite Company

Matthews became the first player in Maple Leafs history to score 30 or more goals in their first four seasons. With the goal, Matthews joined a very elite group in the NHL as only 15 other players in the history of the league have done this. Alexander Ovechkin is the only other active player among the 15. Matthews also became the first ever U.S. born player to reach this feat.

This season Matthews has been transforming into the elite goal scorer we all expected him to be.  It only took Matthews 45 games to score 30 goals, which beat his career best of 30 goals in 48 games from last season. This was also the seventh straight game at home Matthews has scored, which is tied for the longest streak of the 2019-20 season.

Auston Powers

What makes Matthews so elite is the fact that when the Leafs need a goal, he scores. Countless times this season, Matthews has turned up late in games and scored a huge goal to save them. Again, tonight was one of those nights.

That was the 31st goal of the season for Matthews. He now sits second in the league, only behind David Pastrnak who has 32.  Matthews continues to prove his worth and with everyone talking about McDavid, it seems almost like Matthews is quietly taking the league by storm. The question is, will they be ready when Matthews reaches his prime?

Andersen For MVP

Despite what happened on Monday night against the Oilers, Andersen put in another solid performance for the Leafs. He stopped 25 of the 28 shots he faced, five which came in overtime including this two on none breakaway which he shut-down.

The chances of Andersen winning the MVP are slim to none but I feel he should be considered. Without him this season, there is no doubt the Maple Leafs would be at the bottom. Even with all the offence, everyone knows your only as good as your goalie. In the past 20 years there have only been two goalies to win the Hart: Theodore in 01-02 and Price in 14-15, both playing for Montreal.

The Maple Leafs will return to action on Sunday, as they play a crucial divisional game in Florida.