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Sports Bruce Arthur: Potential Leafs captain Auston Matthews gets comfy in the good old cocky game

09:20  20 september  2019
09:20  20 september  2019 Source:   thestar.com

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The Leafs maintained their trend of terrible starts to the period in the third, except they stayed that way for most of the period. I’d describe overtime for you, but it only took Auston Matthews 48 seconds to beat Carey Price, after an amazing saucer pass from William This team has so much potential .

a man standing in front of a crowd: After three seasons with the Maple Leafs, star centre Auston Matthews appears comfortable with the game of give and take — on and off the ice.© Chase Agnello-Dean After three seasons with the Maple Leafs, star centre Auston Matthews appears comfortable with the game of give and take — on and off the ice.

If there was an enduring image for the Maple Leafs from Toronto’s pre-season game against the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday night … wait, start again. If there is such a thing as an enduring image from a pre-season game against the Ottawa Senators, then it wasn’t Auston Matthews’s first goal, where he swizzled the puck and casually whipped it. It wasn’t Auston Matthews’s second goal, where he batted a puck off his arm and out of the air. Been there, done that.

Maple Leafs star Auston Matthews facing disorderly conduct charge in Arizona

  Maple Leafs star Auston Matthews facing disorderly conduct charge in Arizona Toronto Maple Leafs centre Auston Matthews is facing disorderly conduct charges stemming from an incident last May in his hometown of Scottsdale, Ariz. Matthews, 22, has not been arrested in relation to the May 26 incident. He has a pretrial conference scheduled for Wednesday morning in Scottsdale at 11:30 a.m. ET, though he is not required to appear in court.Neither Matthews nor the Toronto Maple Leafs could be reached for comment.

Auston Matthews with his teammates after completing a hat trick on Wednesday night. Somehow, the Maple Leafs still managed to lose, as the Senators’ Kyle Turris tied the score in the third period and again in the first minute of overtime to give Ottawa the win.

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“We’ve been with him for a couple years, so we’ve seen this before,” Leafs defenceman Morgan Rielly told reporters in Ottawa. “He’s a great player.”

No, the big viral moment was Matthews getting into a thing with Ottawa’s Scott Sabourin. Sabourin is a 27-year-old hockey journeyman — he has bounced through the AHL and the ECHL, mostly collecting penalties in the old hockey way. Those guys still exist.

Anyway, earlier in the game Sabourin had slew-footed Rielly behind the net, and then he hit Andreas Johnsson along the boards, after which he fought defenceman Ben Harpur. Sabourin was running around, and he and Matthews got a little close midway through the third.

And Matthews decided to act like a proper heel: making a deliberate show of trying to look around Sabourin to see the name on the back of his jersey. Sorry, buddy, I’ll need to see some ID. It’s not a new move, but it was acidic disrespect.

Bruce Arthur: It seems Auston Matthews still has some growing to do, and we’re not talking about hockey

  Bruce Arthur: It seems Auston Matthews still has some growing to do, and we’re not talking about hockey “Auston’s friend then stepped in and tried to calm Fayola down and also asked her not to tell management. As the friend was speaking to Fayola, she said Auston began to walk away and after he walked some distance, Auston pulled his pants down, bent over and grabbed his butt cheeks. I tried to clarify with Fayola if she saw skin or was he wearing underwear. Fayola said she knew he had his boxers on, and she did not see his butt.” — From the Scottsdale, Arizona, police report dated May 28, involving Auston Matthews. Auston Matthews’ season had been over for a month when it is alleged he did a stupid drunken thing.

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The best part about Auston Matthews is that he’s a Toronto Maple Leaf , and presumably will be one for a long, long time. Better moments will come and will surely top this list, but just the moment finding out that this wonderful Arizona native is playing in the blue and white is something to behold.

Hockey has a long and inglorious history of any guy being able to take a run at a star, legally or otherwise, in an attempt to drag said star down to his level. Matthews, smartly, didn’t fight Sabourin. He left that to Harpur, the former Senator who got walked by ex-Leaf Connor Brown, and who is the current leader in the clubhouse for the guy you might worry that Mike Babcock could inexplicably play far more than he should.

“Obviously this is more of an individual time of year, so guys are trying to make impressions and fight for spots,” Matthews told reporters.

The competitive arrogance Matthews showed, though — that was someone who is confident, or more. He’s starting to grow into himself, to become comfortable being exactly who he is. Ergo, the hair, the fashion, the moustache. Matthews came into the NHL at 18 years old and scored four goals in his debut in Ottawa. It was splashy.

But this is year four. He’s got the five-year deal at $11.6 million U.S. per season that reordered the elite second contract market. He’s probably the next captain of this team, when they finally name one. Rielly is probably the most temperamentally suited to do the job, but Matthews is the big dog. He’s a pillar, and much is expected.

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“Yeah, I thought I felt that last year as well, but I think every year that goes by you get more and more comfortable with that,” said Matthews earlier in camp. “So I think that’s what the management expects out of myself, and that’s what I expect out of myself too.”

Toronto, meanwhile, is built to play fast, skilled, forget-the-pests hockey as much as any team in the modern era. Babcock may try to throw some sandpaper into the machine, of course, and that’s yet to be accounted for. If Roman Polak was in the room, Roman Polak would play third pair.

But this is a team that is now built for speed, skill, and for the top four forwards to make half the salary cap on two top-heavy lines, so they’d better carry the weight. Matthews hasn’t had the monster season he can deliver yet. His rookie year was a scoring tour de force, with 40 goals but limited power-play production and playmaking. He upped his game, but missed 20 games in his second season and 14 more in his third; he said last year it took a month or two after returning from his shoulder injury to feel right again.

And he plateaued. He was 11th in points per 60 minutes two seasons ago, and 13th last year. His career best is 73 points, and the league leader had 128 last year. He talks about staying healthy, but he has to do it.

Maple Leafs star Auston Matthews makes statement after disorderly conduct charge

  Maple Leafs star Auston Matthews makes statement after disorderly conduct charge TORONTO — Auston Matthews says he regrets if any of his actions are a distraction to the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Maple Leafs' star centre made a statement today at the team's morning skate less than 24 hours after news broke of Matthews facing a charge of disorderly conduct and disruptive behaviour after an incident in his hometown of Scottsdale, Ariz., in May. "It's not something that I think any of us really wish we were talking about today. Unfortunately, it's the situation we're in." Matthews said. "I regret any of my actions that would ever put a distraction on the team or distress any individual.

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There’s more to give. In his first three seasons in the NHL, Matthews has scored more five-on-five goals than any other player. He’s got three more than second-place Connor McDavid in 900 fewer minutes and 30 fewer games. Overall, Matthews is fifth in goals scored in the last three years. He’s first in goals per minute played, by a lot.

His playmaking has improved: his five-on-five assists per 60 have gone from 0.62 to 1.23 to 1.41 in three years. His two-way game has shown flashes of dominance, if not consistently.

But he hasn’t put it all together yet, and this is another chance to do so. He’s back with William Nylander after last year largely apart, and Johnsson could fit well there. He has said he and Babcock see closer to eye to eye on ice time, which Matthews thinks is a situational question after he finished 64th in ice time among forwards last season. He’s in a new power-play slot. Maybe it helps.

So maybe this is the year everything happens at the same time. Matthews might sneer, might celebrate, might do another fashion spread that you or I don’t get, but which he enjoys. But let’s see if he can finally do everything that was promised. Then he can strut.

Bruce Arthur is a Toronto-based sports columnist. Follow him on Twitter: @bruce_arthur

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Bruce Arthur: Auston Matthews leads on the scoresheet in Leafs’ opening win after captaincy snubIn the morning Mike Babcock told a story. “I’d say ‘Dad, what’s the toughest year of marriage?’” said the coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs. “He’d say, ‘The one you’re in.’” It was a lesson about living in the moment, about committing to right now in the service of the long run, and that’s not a bad way to think about this team. They’re going for the Stanley Cup this year. Every team says they’d like one, sure. The Leafs might be able to do it.

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