Maple Leafs' Auston Matthews sets U.S. rookie goal-scoring mark

By Brandon Schlager 4 April 2017
Maple Leafs' Auston Matthews sets U.S. rookie goal-scoring mark

With a flick of the wrist, Maple Leafs wunderkind Auston Matthews checked off two major milestones in a rookie season that will go down as one of the best in NHL history.

Matthews netted his 39th goal 5:01 into the first period of Monday's game against the Sabres, breaking the single-season record for most goals scored by a United States-born rookie.

The Scottsdale, Ariz., product and 2016 No. 1 overall draft pick now has 67 points, setting a franchise rookie record set by Peter Ihnacak in 1982-83. He's scored a goal in five straight games as Toronto jockeys for positioning in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

With the 4-2 win, Matthews and the Leafs sit alone in second place in the Atlantic Division.

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