Autson Matthews Opens Up on Ryan Reaves Impact in Toronto

Published October 15, 2023 at 3:25 PM

Auston Matthews scored his second hat trick of the season in the season's second game, but it didn't stop him from acknowledging the remarkable efforts of one of his teammate.

Matthews Off To A Blazing Start


Within just the opening two games of the year, Auston Matthews has achieved a remarkable milestone by scoring two hat tricks. Delivering back-to-back hat tricks is an extraordinary accomplishment, and achieving it in the initial two games is nearly unparalleled.

Per @PR_NHL: Auston Matthews is one of only five players in NHL history to record a hat trick in each of their first two games to start the season, joining Alex Ovechkin (2017-18), Cy Denneny (1917-18), Joe Malone (1917-18) and Reg Noble (1917-18).

Check out all of Matthews' goals from the last game:

Auston Matthews finds open space and bangs one home in tight to tie it up at 1!


Auston Matthews and John Tavares team up for a power play tally, Leafs lead!





After the game, while many might have expected Matthews to receive the game belt, the 2022 MVP chose instead to acknowledge a fellow Maple Leaf's standout performance.

Matthews Awards The Belt To Reaves and Has Good Words for Him

In a gesture of gratitude, Matthews presented the player of the game belt to Ryan Reaves, applauding his physical prowess during the game.

Auston Matthews passed the Leafs player-of-the-game belt to Ryan Reaves tonight


Reaves demonstrated immense strength with powerful hits and an intense fight against his ex-teammate Marcus Foligno.

Marcus Foligno drops the gloves with Ryan Reaves following a hit on Frédérick Gaudreau. 🥊

Both Matthews and Reaves played pivotal roles in the Leafs' win over the Wild. Their combined efforts have played a significant role in keeping the Leafs undefeated.

As they progress, the duo will set their sights on facing Connor Bedard and the Blackhawks, aiming for a third consecutive victory.

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Autson Matthews Opens Up on Ryan Reaves Impact in Toronto

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