It's been such a fast-paced and crazy week that we all need a debriefing of what went on!
Only three rookies for the Leafs scored 30 goals in their first season: Wendel Clark (1985-1986, 34 G), Daniel Marois (1988-1989, 31 G), and Auston Matthews (2016-2017, 30 G*).
Here's a breakdown of Matthews' big week:
Faced Laine for the first time and did not register any points in the game, but the Leafs beat the Jets 5-4 in OT.
Leafs are defeated by the Canadiens 3-2 but Matthews is still named #2 Star of the Game for scoring the only two goals for the Leafs, #29 and #30 for his total.
Matthews leads the team with 54 points and is tied with Laine for the lead in rookie scoring.
P.S. I found a rap video about Matthews on Twitter but since there was at least one bad word in it, I didn't want to share it on here.... BUT you can find it on this link!
Laine's week was short but it was not uneventful because he got to face the only other player standing in the way of the Calder Trophy, Matthews. In that game, it was Laine who shined and reached 30 goals all in one night.
Laine's two goals vs. the Leafs were in the first and second period, including a goal that kept the lead for the Jets and allowed them to go to OT when William Nylander (hey!) tied the game in the third. Too bad Laine was that close to another hat trick but he's not made of magic... or is he?
On Presidents' Day, Dvorak gave the home crowd something to howl about when he opened up the scoring vs. the Ducks and helped the Coyotes win a close one, 3-2. He also was named #1 Star of the Game.
Dvorak is beginning to become more of an asset for the Coyotes after he contributed 9 points in his last 13 games. February has been his biggest month scoring-wise as he's scored 6 out of his 10 goals in just this short month. He also is tied for fourth in the team's list for goals, so Arizona needs him right now.
There seems to have been an offensive burst for this young defenseman this week... Two goals in two games?? Yep. He did that. Chychrun scored the second goal in Arizona's victory over Anaheim on Monday and notched #3 Star of the Game. He also scored on Thursday at Chicago against Corey Crawford. Arizona lost that game (what do you expect from Chicago?!) but at least they got to see their rookie take down a big market team that people love to hate for one shining moment.
Kase gave his team hope last Wednesday when they faced Boston at home. After being down 1-0 going into the second period, Kase decided that it was enough and he was going to tie the game with a nice goal for his fifth of the season. His goal opened up a three goal period that was a turning point for the Ducks. That goal was not enough for him to help save the day though; he needed to assist a goal that would put his team in the lead in the second period and he did just that. He was named #2 Star of the Game for all that he did.
I wonder who will be named February's Rookie of the Month... Find out next week!
One century of this game and League is a wonderful milestone to celebrate. Let's hope to do this in the next century!