The Toronto Maple Leafs emerged victorious after overtime against the Dallas Stars on Thursday night. Aside from an intense battle between two playoff-seeking teams, Thursday night’s Maple Leafs-Stars game was also historic for the NHL record books. Maple Leafs star center Auston Matthews, who had a great season, added to his outstanding campaign by rewriting the NHL history books with his two-goal night, as reported by ESPN.
The 24-year-old center scored his 55th goal of the season late in the second period, passing Rick Vaive to claim Toronto’s single-season goalscoring record. His 56th gave the Maple Leafs the overtime win and set the record for most goals by an American-born player in a season.
Matthews scored his 55th and 56 goals of the season, marks that not only lead the NHL but also helped the 24-year-old break not one, but two records. Matthews’ 55th goal, scored in the second period, earned him the Maple Leafs franchise record for most goals scored in a single season.
His 56th goal, which sealed the victory over the Stars, went down in NHL history for the most goals scored by an American-born player in a season.
Matthews broke out this year, posting career highs in goals, assists and points while leading Toronto to its sixth consecutive winning season.
He is now an integral part of the NHL history books.