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Auston Matthews scores 39th goal to set U.S. rookie record

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That is Josh Gorges - best known for turning down a trade to Toronto and ending up in Buffalo - getting run over as Matthews finishes his follow through for his 39th of the season. Yes, spring break always brings the snowbirds and students to Carolina, Tampa Bay and South Florida, but in Nashville on Thursday, every honky tonk on Broadway seemed to have someone with an Auston Matthews jersey and a cowboy hat.

Jensen, following his own shot to the net, backhanded the rebound through Andersen's legs to make it 3-2 at 16:42. "He's got quick hands, he's got a quick release, and he was able to find a small hole there".

But rather than viewing the game as an opportunity to secure their postseason future, the Maple Leafs are more concerned with perpetuating the positive patterns they've tried to establish all season: Start well, capitalize on chances and don't let up. Just 35 seconds later, Auston Matthews sniped his 39th goal of the season over Lehner's shoulder.

The Maple Leafs are one of a handful of teams the Capitals could face in the first round.

Whatever aspirations Buffalo Sabres second-year center Jack Eichel had of representing the United States at the Winter Olympics have been put on indefinite hold.

Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg, who had two assists, called it a hell of a game.

The Wings and Leafs have met each other in the playoffs three times during the Joe Louis Arena, with the Wings winning two of those series.

Filip Forsberg finally solved Andersen halfway through the third, left alone to snap in his 30th. "Those are tough, but I think we battled hard back and made it a game all the way up to the end there".

After long negotiations, the National Hockey League has finally made up their mind, they're not going to the Olympics in 2018. Polak has started almost 42% of his shifts in the defensive zone in the last two months, the highest among Leafs defencemen.

That ended when the Leafs scored an empty netter in the final minutes.

"Our goal is to move forward and qualify for the playoffs, so we're not there", Laviolette said. They're now five points ahead of the Pittsburgh Penguins for first place in the Metropolitan Division. He had some noticeable plays in the offensive zone with his quickness and puck control, and that's a good start. Well, Monday night William got the better of his little brother as the Leafs beat the Sabres 4-2. Some significant line changes probably played a role in that (see observations for more details). Typically, Shattenkirk would man the point and Alex Ovechkin would be stationed in the left faceoff circle.

The goal was O'Reilly's 20th of the season.

The Maple Leafs are doing everything in their power to make it to the playoffs. Playing right wing with Matt Martin and Brian Boyle doesn't give him many chances to generate quality chances, but Babcock said it's all part of the learning process for Toronto's latest rookie. Nashville came in three points shy of its third straight playoff berth under coach Peter Laviolette.

"I love beating him, there's no question about it", Blashill said.

The anticipation was that the Olympics would provide an influx of fresh life into the American national team, turning the page from the squad that quietly went three-and-out at the World Cup. “I have a lot of good friends over there still and I will be hoping nothing but the best for (them) and know the excitement they will be going through.

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