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The Big Winner Was Auston Matthews, But

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

He was fully deserving of the awards and it adds to a rather impressive trophy case that includes the rookie of the year, two Rocket Richard trophies, and now a Hart and a Lindsay, the largest individual trophies in the sport.

Matthews entered the NHL in 2016 — and in six seasons, no one has scored more goals than him. Not Alex Ovechkin. Not Leon Draisaitl. Not McDavid.

He is the ultimate goal scorer and, individually, as a regular-season player, there isn’t much Matthews hasn’t accomplished. But this being playoff time, between games of the Stanley Cup final, he is handed his newest trophies, the first Hart for a Maple Leaf in most of our lives, the first Lindsay ever, and it is almost contradictory to applaud his regular season while sneering ever slightly at another run of playoff series left unfinished.

Nine times in the past five years Matthews’ Leafs have been in position to advance to the second round of the playoffs. Nine times the Leafs have lost a potential clinching game — twice against Tampa this year; three times against Montreal last year; once against Columbus in the bubble of 2020; three times against Boston in 2019 and 2018.

He has yet to pull a McDavid or a Nathan MacKinnon or a Makar, grabbing and willing his team to victory. He has yet to win something on his own other than awards.

In the nine clinching playoff games, Matthews, the unmatched goal scorer, has scored just twice.

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Rumbear's avatar

Good on ya Matthews! Congrats!

Someone in the Maple Leafs organization gets some accolades and there is Steve Simmons peeing on his pant leg…

Stay classy Steve….

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, sing along The YzerMan Can!...... on 06/22/22 at 10:03 AM ET

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Matthews isn’t the problem.
Management is the problem.

Posted by pnwwing on 06/22/22 at 10:04 AM ET

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Impatience and entitlement are the problems.

Seven years ago they were the worst team in the league and this year they took the two-time defending champs to seven games, which is better than Florida or the Rangers did against the Lightning.

Posted by GMoney on 06/22/22 at 10:23 AM ET

bigfrog's avatar

Good for Matthews. A very good hockey player. cheese

Posted by bigfrog on 06/22/22 at 10:44 AM ET

MurrayChadwick's avatar

Impatience and entitlement are the problems.

Posted by GMoney on 06/22/22 at 10:23 AM ET

By the Toronto fans/media, or the organization which tried to grow up too fast effing up their cap situation?

Posted by MurrayChadwick from Window Seat on the Captain's Ship on 06/22/22 at 12:07 PM ET

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Without Marner or a player like him, Mathews isn’t the winner of either of those awards. Marner is the puck carrier, playmaker and driver of that line and PP. The team didn’t even suffer when Mathews was suspended. Speaking of suspensions, how can you even give him an award when he was suspended two games for cross checking someone in the neck, during the season.

Posted by Anderj8 on 06/22/22 at 02:00 PM ET

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