5 Reasons Why the Toronto Maple Leafs Are Going to Win More Than 1 Round

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Auston Matthews scored “only” 40 regular season goals in the 2022-2023 regular season, in what was an off-year for him.  He had 60 the year prior, and was clearly not the same player last season, struggling all year with a nagging wrist injury (among other ailments).

This year, Matthews will likely eclipse the 70 goal mark, something not done since 1992-93, when Alex Mogilny and Teemu Selanne notched 76 apiece.  Number 34 has been on a tear all year, seemingly scoring at will.

Matthews has never been a playoff slouch, either, with a career tally of 22 goals and 44 points in 50 post-season games (per hockeydb.com).

However, Stanley Cup winning teams usually have one or two guys who simply drive the team bus to victory night after night, and the Toronto Maple Leafs have not had “that guy” in a very long time.

This certainly feels like it could be the year where Auston Matthews scores on any and every goaltender the opposition can put between the pipes.  Too often the Leafs have been “goalied” in the playoffs, no matter how well they play otherwise.  Not this time.