Matthews scores twice for Maple Leafs in OT victory against Stars

Aston Mathews scored the second goal of the game at 2:10 in extra time to give Toronto Maple Leafs a 4-3 win over the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center on Thursday.

It was Matthews’ 56th goal of the season, the most by a player of American descent in NHL history. Rick Vivek, 24, set a Maple Leafs record in the second period with his 55th goal to surpass Rick Vivek, who scored 54 for Toronto in 1981-82.

“It’s amazing that some of the names that come before us are in the same vein as people,” Matthews said. “It’s a great honor. It looks great, but we’re working on something bigger than that. It’s a good springboard, but there’s still work to be done.”

William Nylander scored a goal and an assist for Maple Leafs (46-19-6), who increased their scoring streak to seven games (6-0-1) and finished second in the Atlantic Division five points ahead of the Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning. Place. Jack Campbell made 15 saves.

Toronto forward Mitchell Marner said: “It’s very exciting to do and it’s hard to score in this league, and he’s made it a lot easier, especially in the last two games and actually a few years.” Matthews. “He’s a lot of fun to watch and a lot of fun to be on the ice for a lot of people who helped him achieve that goal.”

Joe Powellsky had one goal and one assist and Scott Wezwood made 37 saves for the Stars (40-26-4) to earn a point for a second wild card in the Stanley Cup and two ahead of the Vegas Golden Knights. .. Western Conference Playoff. Jason Robertson had two assists.

“The vibe of the locker room, the mentality we have is that we’re never out,” Wedgewood said. “Regardless of the number of shots or things like that, I’ve always found that we’ve found a way to create something. Whether it takes 50 minutes or not, they’re still looking and they won’t give up.”

“It’s a well-fed team and obviously we’re all fighting for something as a group and obviously I’m excited to be here and see what we can do.”

In the first period after Mark Giordano’s pass, Nylander gave Maple Leafs a 1-0 lead at 7:28. This is his fourth goal in four matches.

Tyler Seguin tied 1-1 at 9:46 when Pak bounced his post in a left circle and went into Campbell’s pad.

Mathews outscored Vive and set a Toronto record with a power-play goal at 18:58 seconds when he scored from a sharp angle below the left faceoff circle to make it 2-1.

“It felt good,” Matthews said. “I think you have a lot of emotion in your mind and body when you see Pak coming. I don’t really know what else to say. It was definitely an exciting and fun moment.”

John Klingberg tied Robertson’s timeout 2-2 at 5:43 in the third period.

Morgan Riley hit a sign from Riley Marner to give Maple Leafs a 3-2 lead at 10:36, but Pavelsky tied it 3-3 at 17:37 on a redirect from Ryan Sutter’s shot.

Matthews won the toss and elected to field, skipping two defenders from center ice and hitting a shot past Wedgewood.

“You entered that last 10 minutes of the third period and we got a big goal with a few minutes left,” said Dallas coach Rick Bones. “You’re down there, you got a point, so you took it. We’re definitely going for two in overtime, we didn’t get it tonight. It was a world-class move by Matthews, a world-class player.”

Note: This was Matthews’ 52nd multipoint NHL game, surpassing Pat LaFontaine for a player born in the United States before the age of 25. He extended his scoring streak to 15 games (19 goals, 10 assists) and had a game-high 12 shots. Goal… Marner helped extend his scoring streak to 12 games (eight goals, 19 assists). … Nylander’s five-game point streak has four goals and five assists. … Toronto went 3-0-1 on a four-game road trip … Pavelski reached 70 points for the fourth time in his NHL career. গ Seguin has scored in a drawn match.

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