I don't know much about Auston Matthews. I look forward to seeing what he's all about.
First off, another congratulations to the Pittsburgh Penguins for winning the Stanley Cup. Phil Kessel is a Stanley Cup champion thank you very much. A new season has begun tonight. There are many storylines to come into play for this year. Can the Pens repeat this season? How will McDavid do injury free? How will the Subban/Weber trade work out? The youth movement in Toronto and Arizona? How will the Penguins deal with their goalie situation? Which teams will be on the rise and which will decline? Well turn on a game and fight. It's hockey season!
Currently watching Toronto/Ottawa, and Auston Matthews is the real fucking deal. He completely undressed Karlsson with a beautiful goal. Two goals in the first period for him. Marner looks good as well.
I finally found a stream () - a hat trick on debut is pretty phenomenal! Just the fourth man to ever do it.
I'm hoping he gets a fourth tonight. No player has ever scored four on their debut.
He's done it! Bah gawd!
Four goals. Forget McJesus.
What's the frequency of guys in the draft instantly becoming superstars in the league Raven? Is it like the NFL where you have "pro-style" offences that generate good players for the league - and other project players who take longer to adjust to the different style of play? I imagine it's probably different because guys play for pro teams in Europe/Canada rather than coming straight out of college - aka fairly apparent who is going to be good?
.....My jaw still isn't off the floor.
I'm not going to anoint him as the second coming like a few writers have, it's one night....but holy shit snacks!
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Wasn't enough to win though - and he was a little bit at fault defensively on Ottawa's winning goal. That was a good game!
Auston Matthews scores four goals, and the Leafs still lose. Just goes to show you how bad the rest of the team is.
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The kid has some real talent and you'd think with all these high picks, Toronto eventually gets good, but it's one game and it's still Toronto.
Nice touch by the Panthers tonight:
So when Matthews scores all the goals, Toronto loses. When he scores no goals, Toronto wins.
Cool. Hope he never scores again.
I watched NYR vs Detroit today - that was a terrible loss for New York who really dominated and should have been multiple goals ahead in the first period. Jimmy Howard had a great game in the net for Detroit but the Rangers had two 5 on 3 power plays and couldn't capitalise, and then Lundqvist made a bit of a stupid mistake to concede the Red Wings' winner.
Chris Kreider is pretty exciting though, he's got a lot of speed. There was one great moment where he absolutely blew past one of the Detroit defenders with a deke and he had no alternative but to grab him and give away a penalty to stop him going one on one on net.
FUCKING LEAFS!!! So typical of them. Blew a four goal lead on the Jets, and lost.
Expect this a whole lot, Leaf Nation. A WHOLE... LOT!
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And Andersen is an alright goalie but not proven and doesn't seem to be a guy that you can expect to bail out the defence consistently.
It's a tough loss to swallow but the team is still in rebuild mode. Auston Matthews is a rookie. They have a lot of tools in place but still need work, still need additions and are still a very young team. #Patience
St.Patrik is on fire. He has started better than i expected.
Serious inquiry to all hockey fans; I just read an article on ESPN. So I'll forward the question to you guys. With 51 goals to go, do you guys think Jaromir Jagr will overtake Gordie Howe at the top of the career goal list? And if he does, what will that mean for his legacy? Where does he rank now as one of the best and where would he land if he did overtake that top spot?
I don't follow hockey much, but I know who Jagr is and I remember him in his prime. Thought I would start up a conversation here for the hockey loyalists.
He is a two time Stanley Cup champion, but that was so early in his career, and while he was a major part of those championship Penguins teams, he was never considered as a leader. And throughout his career, I can't really recall him being looked at as any type of leader until his current time in Florida. Because of that, despite his accomplishments, he may not be looked at as favorably by some as say a Steve Yzerman or a Joe Sakic who, while also great offensive players in their own right, received a lot of praise for leading their teams as well.
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