Nail-biting 5-4 outdoor victory for Leafs over Red Wings
11:13, Jan 3, 2017
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Keon, the only Maple Leaf to ever win the Conn Smythe Trophy (1967) as post-season MVP, was also part of Toronto's "The One Hundred" list unveiled in October to commemorate the 100 greatest players to play for the Maple Leafs franchise in its first 100 years.
The Leafs won their fifth straight game with a 5-4 overtime victory against the Detroit Red Wings in the Centennial Classic outdoors in Toronto on Sunday, getting the game-winning goal from rookie sensation Auston Matthews on a slick back-hand shot. Current players were thrilled to rub shoulders with stars from the past on Saturday, no doubt a motivator to take into the first outdoor National Hockey League game played in Toronto.
Leafs forward Auston Matthews has been named the NHL's first star of the week. Matthews would rip a bullet high glove and there was also an excellent goal by Connor Brown and assists throughout the game off the sticks of William Nylander and Zach Hyman.
On a day that kicked off a celebration of 100 years of NHL history, the hockey community got one hell of a look at its future.
Matthews scored his first goal of the game at 12:05 on a shot from the right circle.
"He's got a skillset that allows him to do things that a lot of other people can't do", defenceman Morgan Rielly said. The commitment has never been an issue for us; it's just the execution.
Okay, so we're not going to assume the Maple Leafs put a complete clamp on Alex Ovechkin. The Leafs have been tinkering with their power-play units, as Nazem Kadri has been seeing more time with the top group. "It was so easy. You get hit with a couple more and it just starts to flow after that". However, should the game go to a shootout, Detroit's 5-0 shootout record sends shivers down the spines of the Maple Leafs - who are a mere 1-5 in the shootout this season. The rookie was a difference-maker every time he touched the puck, adding a goal in a key spot in the first period.
Over the past five games, the top line has been on fire for the Detroit Red Wings, with Anthony Mantha knocking in three goals and six points, Tomas Tatar scoring four goals, and Henrik Zetterberg scoring one goal and five points.
The 19-year old said Sunday that scoring the game-winning goal in front of over 40,000 fans in the outdoor game was something he'll remember. "I just need to keep playing the way I am". "Ideally, we'll stay healthy and he'll get to play the whole slot of games". "It happened to me, too".
And to have Matthews, the No. 1 overall pick, win it with his second goal of the game, and 20th of the season, in OT, the two points Toronto picked up was the best news of all for the Leafs.
"These guys aren't leaving", he said. "I thought he held his ground real good. We've got the world juniors going on now with this outdoor game it's definitely a fun time and a great atmosphere for us and a great experience".
It will certainly be a memorable atmosphere in downtown Detroit , but this is actually a scenario Lions fans were hoping to avoid. For the season , Rodgers has the otherworldly numbers of 40 touchdown passes and only seven interceptions.
Anthony Lynn will do his best to change the culture and be hard on his players in his lone week as the team's interim head coach. However, according to the player, it is going to be nothing more than a swansong after 12 seasons with the Jets.
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Blount scored two touchdowns, but was otherwise stuffed on nearly every other attempt he had, at just 20 carries for 50 yards. Presumably, the Patriots will face better quarterbacks in the postseason than Petty or his replacement, Ryan Fitzpatrick .
San Francisco's season from hell will conclude next Sunday, when the Seattle Seahawks travel to Levi's Stadium. "It's disgusting . But numerous young players feel like the game Saturday provided an example that will follow them throughout their careers.
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