Matthews became the first player in 10 years to score 60 goals in the NHL regular season
MOSCOW, 27 April – Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews scored his 60th goal in the regular season of the National Hockey League (NHL), the last time this mark was overcome in the 2011/12 season.
In a regular season 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 Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkos managed to do this. Of the Russians, Alexander Ovechkin, Alexander Mogilny and Pavel Bure overcame the mark of 60 goals per season.
“It’s a special feeling. Just the reaction of my teammates, the audience and everyone gives me goosebumps, but it’s quite difficult to describe in words. It means a lot. We are very friendly in the dressing room, we are like a family, a brotherhood, getting support and The reaction of teammates is very important, that’s the whole point,” Matthews said.
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 NHL regular season. The hockey player tops the list of snipers this season, and also ranks fifth in the scorers race.