Auston Matthews has been in the headlines quite a bit this week.
He continued what could be a rookie season for the ages with a pair of goals in the Centennial Classic on New Years Day, was named the NHL’s No. 1 star of the week on Monday, then was announced as the rookie of the month for December on Tuesday.
He made another highlight for himself during the Maple Leafs’ game in Washington on Tuesday night when showed that he can set up goals just as well as he can score them. Late in the second period he set up Leo Komarov with a slick spin-o-rama pass from behind the net to give his team a 4-2 lead over the Capitals, finishing what was a pretty dominant shift by the 19-year-old forward.
The funniest part of this play, though, was Komarov’s immediate celebration of the goal when he decided to give Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik a pat on the back, resulting in Orpik giving Komarov a quick jab to the shoulder.
Check it all out in the video above.
Unfortunately for the Maple Leafs their third period woes resurfaced when they allowed the Capitals to score two quick goals to tie the game.