Leafs Matthews Confident to Win Stanley Cup

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Updated: August 26, 2021
Auston Matthews

In a recent interview with ESPN, Auston Matthews said that he believes the Toronto Maple Leafs will not only improve and move well beyond the 2020-21 playoff loss to the Montreal Canadiens, the Leafs will “get it done” and win the Stanley Cup.

When asked about the loss in the 2020-21 Stanley Cup playoffs, Matthews did not make excuses.  “It’s obviously really frustrating. It Stinks right now. People have opinions and they can say what they want and rightfully so, but I really believe in the team and I really believe in all of the players on the team – the core group especially”, Matthews said. “I truly believe that we’re going to get it done. We’re going to be better from our losses, and from the adversity that we faced.”

Despite Toronto finishing first in the seven-team Scotia North Division in the 2020-21 season and having a 3-1 lead in the best of 7 series in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Leafs lost to Montreal. It was the fifth straight season the Leafs had mad the playoffs but failed to advance beyond the opening round. In fact, Toronto has not advanced to the second round of the playoffs since 2004.

Matthews was the leading goal scorer of the 2020-21 season, tallying 41 goals and 66 points in just 52 games, tied for 5th in overall scoring. Line mate Mitch Marner was 4th in scoring with 67 points (20 goals, 47 assists) in 55 games. However, both players combined to score just a single goal in the playoffs.

When asked about his performance, Matthews indicated that it was “extremely disappointing” but said he was looking forward to making it to the top.

Toronto made several moves in the off-season in hopes to making it to the top in the 2020-21 season – adding goalie Petr Mrazek and forwards Nick Ritchie, David Kampf, Ondrej Kase and Michael Bunting. Gone are goalie Frederik Andersen, Zach Hyman, Joe Thornton and Nick Foligno and Zach Bogosian.

The core of the team is made up of Matthews, Marner, Tavares, Nylander and defenseman Morgan Rielly. Matthews is scheduled to miss the first 6-weeks of the season after undergoing surgery on August 13.

Leafs first pre-season game is September 25 at home against the Canadieans and the opening game of the season is October 13 against Montreal.

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