Forward “Toronto” Matthews: I strive to be with Ovechkin on the same level
MOSCOW, 27 April – Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews has admitted he’s honored to be tied with Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkos and Washington Capitals forward Alexander Ovechkin, but he’s still keen to get on their level.
In an NHL game against the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday, Matthews scored a brace. He became the first US-born hockey player to score 60 goals in a season. In the 2011/12 season, Canadian Stamkos managed to do this. Of the Russians, Ovechkin, Alexander Mogilny and Pavel Bure overcame the mark of 60 goals per season. Matthews, Stamkos and Ovechkin are the only active players who have achieved this mark.
“It’s an honor to be on the same level as Stamkos and Ovechkin and repeat their achievement. I’m still aiming to be on the same level with them, so there’s still a lot to do. But it’s an honor to be named in the same sentence as them.” “, – quotes Matthews official website of the league.
Matthews is 24 years old and was selected first overall by Toronto in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. This season, the striker has played in 73 games and scored 106 points (60 goals + 46 assists), having previously broken the club record for the number of goals in one regular season. The hockey player tops the list of snipers this season, and also ranks fifth in the scorers race.