The story behind Austin Mathews’ historic goal call

A quick mix of things we’ve collected since Hockey Week, serious and less so, and four lines rolling deep. We don’t shoot for rebounds.

1. Riding in a 100-foot wave of emotion, Harnarayan Singh descended from the play-by-play booth at the American Airlines Center on Thursday night and expressed a happy surprise.

“I’m in Cloud 9,” the broadcaster shouted as he walked into the Toronto Maple Leafs post game interview room. Her eyes were smiling over the mask. Maybe there was a sweat on his forehead.

“What a game. Is every leaf game like this ?! ”

Hockey people like their clichs; One of them is the “next man.”

Similarly, we discovered at night that Austin Mathews scored 55 (and 56), can apply to the other side of the board.

Sings was tagged at the last minute because SportsNet’s regular Leafs play-by-play man – the respected, impeccable Chris Cuthbert – was under the weather.

He rushes to check on his Covid, jumping from Alberta to Dallas and back to find connecting flights. He arrived around midnight and was busy researching for two teams and two lineups that he rarely calls.

Singh was as agile as a Rocky in the morning skates. He gathered insights from Sheldon Keef and soaked up as much insider information as possible from Beat Reporters.

He went viral with his “Bonino-Bonino-Boninoo!” Call in Punjabi. She has written a book about her wild and unique journey to the booth.

But it would be his first maple leaf call in English, and history was off.

Hoping to be a soundtrack to history, Singh’s only wish was for Austin Mathews to break the record with a clear goal. (This is a play-by-play collar nightmare that is obscured by a goalkeeper’s intervention or a difficult deviation to detect.)

Not only did Matthews give Singh a moment to speak, his overtime Encorty was a broadcaster at his feet in the booth.

Singh knocks his call outside the park.

As it turns out, athletes can’t just move forward under pressure.

2. Maple Leafs fans can’t help themselves.

They see how well Mark Giordano fits into the lineup, how fast he strengthens the D-Corps, and they wonder if a 38-year-old could evolve into something more than a hire.

Is the upcoming UFA mind a deal extension? Who was even in the discussion?

“No,” Giordano says with a smile. “I am getting ready for the playoffs day by day. I don’t think so. “

This does not mean that the defenders are not enjoying life like the leaves. He jumped from 30MA contestant that has gone 7-1-1 since his arrival in Expansion Clothing.

“Coming to this team, I know what my role is – to come here and play really well, really well defensively. I think this team’s scoring is clearly well-known throughout the league, “said Giordano.

“So far, so good, and we just have to keep building.”

Giordano said it was an easy change because he knew a lot of leafs on a personal level from summer skates, charitable events and golf tournaments.

The fan’s (pipe?) Dream is to pull Kyle Dubas to his hometown heartstring and persuade Giordano to join the Jason Spaza program: at least one year at a time in the league.

But the market for 20-minute defenders has grown.

Much will be determined by how things go in May.

3. Maple Leafs finished fifth, third and fifth in the Norris division when Prime Rick Vive broke his three-year run of 50-goal performances – at the ages of 23, 24, 25. They have never won more than 26; They reached the playoffs once with a losing record and were a first-round pick for the Minnesota North Stars.

“I hope we can be more productive as a team. Everything around the 50-goal season would have been much more enjoyable, ”Vive told me.

“You’re playing in the National Hockey League and playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs and you [scoring] And you Captain, yes, it’s all great. But what do you play to win. You are playing to win the Stanley Cup. This is your childhood dream. “

It’s Christmas morning. You’re unlocking everything on your favorites list. Then you look and the rest of your family members are pulling crushed oranges and coal balls from their stockings.

How much fun is that?

Matthews hit 50 in a supercharged revenge match against the Winnipeg Jets. He tied the knot with a two-time defending champion hat-trick and rewrote the book with the Texas Overtime Stanner. Big D – Big Dr.

Reporters covering individual milestones in team games know the drill.

If an athlete achieves something extraordinary but the squad loses, then post-game interviews are a joy: Yeah Al that sounds pretty crap to me, Looks like BT aint for me either. But what really matters is that we put two points on the table. So, I’m leaving with a sour taste.

On the night that his best player surpassed Vivek and set his stamp in the best individual Leafs season, coach Sheldon Kieff nailed him in the head.

“The best part of what Auston is doing is that he’s doing it in a winning environment,” Keefe said. “And he’s doing something to help us win the game. Goals are definitely part of it, but he does a lot more to help us win games and keep playing.

Of course, Vive would agree. He would like to take a deep run and extra tee times over 49 and 65 overs.

4. Mathews hit 50 at night, he also set a new career in assists.

Mathews has four assistants in his last 15 without conceding in just two games.

Unlike Phil Kessel before him, Mathews’ elite passing ability is rarely mentioned because he is such an extraordinary shooter.

His underrated ability as a setup man has increased as Mitch Marner is finishing more than ever.

Matthews’ previous high was 36 (in 2018-19). He was 41 and crushed with that count.

5. I was thrilled when one of Hockey’s most fearless personalities, Chris Prangar, joined Twitter. I was even more excited to see how he was using it.

Prongers wrote an eye-opening, 17-post thread about the financial realities of professional players and the causes of their dangers. It’s worth reading, just like that Broken Like watching

6. It’s hard to say whether the Tampa Bay Lightning – a four-game losing streak with skids – is a wolf in sheep’s clothing or we’re actually witnessing a lower version.

Knowing they could beat anyone and putting less emphasis on regular-season success, the Bolts have the worst head-to-head record (3-5-2) of four play-off-bound Atlantic strengths.

But at this rate, Tampa will draw the No. 1 Metropolitan Division seed in Round 1. Currently, it would be Carolina’s reward for playing so well.

Andrei Vasilevsky has lost six of his last nine starts and saved an unusual .890 percent in April. The absence of Ryan McDonagh has opened a crucial hole in the back end, and coach John Cooper is waking up the line to launch some mojo.

After a 6-2 loss to Toronto at home, Cooper said his team was “very easy to play against … it was probably like light practice for them.”

Yes.

7. This is ridiculous by Nikita Kucherov:

8. Having fun with Gregarius Enforcer Shawn Thornton at Sunrise.

Thornton serves as the Panthers’ chief commercial officer and his main concern is securing the right to name a barn which is now in its fifth title.

For now, cats play at the FLA Live Arena. But it’s a placeholder name until Thornton and his team lock up a large sponsor’s logo for a slap in the face outside the building.

“It’s good to get one on time for the Stanley Cup Final,” I teased. “It will be the main real estate.”

Thornton reminded that Florida is hosting the 2023 All-Star Game – a lucrative selling point for naming rights.

Happy to live near the 44-year-old Everglades. He says he sees alligators all the time. And, no, he’s not afraid of them.

If the push comes to push, my money is on Thornton.

9. My most vivid memory of Ryan Getzlaf from an otherwise forgotten game of March 2016.

Veteran ducks were still a decent team, but they had a lot of fun. They rolled in Toronto to face Upstart Leafs and lost 6-5 in extra time.

The loss point made Anaheim another play-off berth, but when I entered the spectator’s dressing room after the game, I saw a captain ticking.

Apparently willing to be a spokesman, Getzlaf was the only duck in his stall. You hear a pin drop as he sits there with a burning intensity and a message.

“We didn’t play good hockey tonight,” he said.

“We are not above the pace of the game. We’ve held on to Pak for a long time, and we’re giving up four goals, five goals, three – that’s a lot more to compete in this league. “

Getzlaf was apparently angry but pointed out his frustration clearly and fairly. The words he used were not so much; It was the tone.

He calls his teammates at night, usually but not by name. He demanded professionalism. Although we are the media, he instructed them to show and implement.

Getzalaf always held himself to the highest standards and demanded the same.

Violent but measured.

I left the room thinking: Holly Crap, sounds like a hockey captain.

10. It’s nice to see some positive momentum in Buffalo, just as the Sabers set a record for consecutive playoffs (11 seasons).

They won the Jack Aichel Return game. They won the Heritage Classic. They put some respected veterans on the trade deadline. They have a coach who trusts the players and the city. They have a hometown first liner who wants to be there.

And as of Friday, they have picked No. 1 Wayne Power out of college and under contract.

A source who has worked with both No. 1 Jack Hughes and Power in their development years 2019 said he felt a high ceiling for the latter: “He’s the headman. He is Pietranjelo. “

Power’s NHL debut is temporarily scheduled for Tuesday in Toronto. He grew up in Mississauga.

Giddyap.

“I really believe that this extended game of the game until the end of the season is very important to him because you feel the NHL game, you better understand what you have to do to prepare yourself for the game, the speed of the game, the physique, it’s all there.” GM Kevin Adams told reporters.

“The way he’s connected to the wire, he’s a kid who processes things very fast and he’ll learn fast.”

11. MatthewKnies Watch ™ is on.

Maple Leafs ‘blue-chip NCAA prospect Frozen Four scored the gophers’ opening goal, but with Minnesota University out of the semifinals, Nice’s eventful amateur season is over.

“Hey [loss] What’s stuck in my head right now, but it was the best year of my life, ”Nice told reporters. “It was the funniest team, and I’m proud to be a part of it.”

Dubas wants him to sign.

Like Team USA partner Nick Abruzges, Nice will take some time to decide whether he wants to stay in school or pro leap.

The way things are spinning in Leafland, it must be incredibly tempting to jump into a definite play-off squad.

12. Carter Hart, 23, of Philadelphia, and Mackenzie Blackwood, 25, of New Jersey, have been shortlisted for Team Canada’s potential Olympic goalie season.

Both are ending their season by losing records in disappointing lottery-bound teams. In terms of percentage of savings, their best performance in 2018-19 was like a rookie.

They sure looked like bets.

Now, the fate of their personal careers and their respective franchises seems to be tied.

A bounce back is important in 2022-23.

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