Toronto Maple Leafs phenomenal forward, Auston Matthews, broke another record on Wednesday, January 13th for the longest away game goal streak in Toronto Maple Leafs history scoring in nine consecutive away game.
Three players had scored in eight consecutive away games as members of the Toronto Maple Leafs: Babe Dye in 1921, Frank Mahovlich in 1961 and Daniel Marois in 1989.
It’s just another record to add to the pile of NHL and Toronto Maple Leafs records that Matthews has collected during these early stages of his NHL career.
Auston Matthews also has the NHL records for most goals scored in an NHL debut in the modern era, most goals by an American-born rookie, most consecutive games with a shot on goal to start a career and youngest player to record multiple points in each of his team’s first five games of a season.
His Toronto Maple Leafs records include fastest Leaf to score 25 goals, most points by a rookie, most goals by a rookie and first Leaf to score at least 30 goals in the first four seasons of his career.
Auston Matthews will break Toronto Maple Leafs record
All of these records pale in comparison to the record he may break next. As we near the halfway mark of the season, Auston Matthews is on a 60 goal pace. If he can keep it up, he’ll be the first Toronto Maple Leafs player to ever score 60 goals and beat Rick Vaive’s record of 54 goals scored in a season.
Auston Matthews was on pace to beat Vaive’s record the passed two seasons but came up short because the seasons were short.
Before he can surpass Vaive’s record, he will first have to pass Ted Kennedy’s Toronto Maple Leafs career goal total of 230 goals to enter the Top 10 Toronto Maple Leafs career goal totals of all-time. Mathews currently has 223 career goals, so he’s very close to entering the Top 10.
Auston Matthews is also 28 goals away from Bob Pulford in the #9 spot and 37 goals away from Wendel Clark in 8th place on the Toronto Maple Leafs career goal rankings. Both totals would be reached if Matthews can score 61 goals this season.
Matthews is still 197 goals away from catching Mats Sundins Toronto Maple Leafs career goal scoring record of 420, but he has a great chance of getting there over the next few seasons.
With 24 goals, Matthews is currently ranked second in NHL goals this season behind Leon Draitsaitl who has 26 goals. If Auston Matthews can win another Rocket Richard trophy, he would be the third player in Toronto Maple Leafs history to lead the NHL in goal scoring more than once. Charlie Conacher led the league five times and Babe Dye did it four times.