Auston Matthews had quite the evening versus the Chicago Blackhawks. Not only did he have the game winning goal in overtime, he utterly dominated play when he was on the ice with a +17 Corsi rating.
When Matthews was on the ice, at 5 v 5, the Leafs generated 20 shots attempts to just three given up to the Blackhawks. The fact that Matthews spent most of the night on the ice against Patrick Kane, one of the league’s top offensive players, makes that stat even more impressive.
After playfully taking a shot at advanced stats, Mike Babcock praised the Leafs top line for their performance on Monday night.
“They did a good job,” Babcock said, per Maple Leafs Hot Stove. “They had the puck and they played well without it, so they got it back fast, and then they were heavy in the offensive zone. Whether it be Willy, Hyman or Matty, they all can get up the rink in a hurry, so it makes it hard on the opposition. They played with Gardiner and Zaitsev last night and those guys moved the puck real well and don’t spend a lot of time in their own zone. You put it all together, and that’s what you want as a hockey player. You don’t want to be standing around in your own zone. You want the puck on your tape and you want to be playing on offense. The better you play without it, the more time you get it.”