Maple Leafs set new single-season record in wins, home wins on Wednesday

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Auston Matthews may have scored his 30th of the season on Wednesday night, but the team he leads did one better… well two better, actually.

You’d think that a team as old, as storied and as successful as the Toronto Maple Leafs have been over the course of their 100 seasons, that certain franchise records would be close to untouchable.

But this season’s iteration of the famed hockey club did two things on Wednesday that no other had done before them.

The Maple Leafs won their 46th game of the season, surpassing the old mark set by the 1990-00 Leafs and matched by the 2003-04 team. Being that their 46th win came at home, and it was their 27th win at Air Canada Centre this season, they became the first team to win that many games on home ice as well (the previous record of 26 was set in 2005-06).

Not a bad night at the office for the Maple Leafs, who could cap it all off by clinching a playoff berth if Philadelphia loses to Colorado in regulation.

UPDATE: Philly won so Toronto will have to wait to clinch another day.


Scott Billeck is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @scottbilleck