Laine got one over on Matthews this time (and dramatically)


Moments like these almost feel too brilliant. If you drew it up, people would roll their eyes at you for being a dreamer.

This past draft’s top overall pick Auston Matthews went on a breakaway, but was stymied by Michael Hutchinson. Dustin Byfuglien made an outlet pass to Patrik Laine, and the second overall pick of 2016 made no mistake about burying the game-winner.

With that, Laine generated his first career hat trick, helping the Winnipeg Jets erase a 4-0 deficit in defeating the Toronto Maple Leafs by a score of 5-4 in OT.

Yeah, that’s the sort of thing you’d write in a Hollywood script.

For a night, Jets fans can feel good about chanting “Laine’s better.”

During their debut nights, Laine helped the Jets begin a trend of comeback victories, yet Matthews stole the evening with a record-breaking, four-goal debut.

Whether you view it as 1-1 or 1-0 in Laine’s favor, the bottom line is that the sensational second pick won this round.

Honestly, it’s kind of a shame that these two aren’t in the same conference, because this is glorious stuff.

Do note that some might view this unlikely script as a familiar one nonetheless, as Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel enjoyed a similarly thrilling exchange in their first regular season game against each other.

So, let’s make this a tradition then, shall we?