Toronto Maple Leafs star Auston Matthews.
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Sheldon Keefe comments on if Matthews will play the final game

Published April 17, 2024 at 8:59

Hockey Fans are antsy Wednesday morning, wondering if Toronto Maple Leafs superstar Auston Matthews will hit the ice for the regular season finale and have a final shot at goal #70.

Coach Sheldon Keefe teased the possibility, saying,

We'll talk about it. We've got 12 healthy forwards," but nothing's set in stone yet.

Despite a tough 5-2 loss to the Florida Panthers, the Leafs clinched their playoff matchup, setting up a showdown against the Boston Bruins. Yet all eyes are on Matthews, who sits at 69 goals for the season, just one shy of the coveted 70-goal milestone that few NHL players have ever achieved.

As excitement builds for Matthews to make history, there's uncertainty about his participation tomorrow. With the playoffs locked in, the coaching staff faces a tough call: rest key players against the Tampa Bay Lightning or chase individual milestones?

For Matthews, the temptation of reaching 70 goals is strong, but the team's goal of winning the Stanley Cup is bigger. As fans await Keefe's decision, tomorrow's game could be a blend of historic achievement and strategic planning in the Leafs' pursuit of hockey glory.
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Sheldon Keefe comments on if Matthews will play the final game

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