Auston Matthews shares true thoughts on Leafs play against Devils

Dawson McKenzie
March 28, 2024  (8:56)

Auston Matthews during a media scrum.
Photo credit: CTV News

The Toronto Maple Leafs dropped a bad game to the New Jersey Devils last night, and Auston Matthews shared some harsh words on his team's play.

The Leafs are doing some final tune-ups before the playoffs are set to begin, and that means toying with the lineup and trying different things. While some lineup changes looked great against the Edmonton Oilers a few games ago, it didn't look so hot last night against the New Jersey Devils.
The Leafs dropped their game to the Devils 6-3, and looked flat for the latter half of the game. Auston Matthews, despite scoring his 59th of the season last night, had some harsh words about his team's play following the game.
Auston Matthews: I think just a little bit of an immature game from us tonight at times. And I just have to have that killer instinct a little bit more, especially when you have a good first period like that. I wanna come out and stay on the hunt there, and then the second, I thought we kind of took a step back instead of a step forward.
Matthews scored once, marking his 59th of the year and continuing on an incredible scoring pace for the season. This keeps Matthews on pace to score the most goals in the past 30 years in the NHL.
However, he is likely more concerned with the Leafs' play in the final stretch than he is regarding his goal-scoring total. The Leafs have just 11 games remaining this regular season and will need to make sure they are ready for playoffs once they come, and that includes finding the right lineup for game 1. However, the Leafs should benefit from getting Marner back in the lineup, as he continues to rehab his ankle injury.