Scottsdale’s Matthews picks up NHL’s First Star of the Week honors
Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews, New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider and Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Jan. 1.
FIRST STAR – AUSTON MATTHEWS, C, TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
Matthews led the NHL with 4-2—6 in three outings, all multi-point performances, to help the Maple Leafs (17-12-7, 41 points) complete a perfect week, capped by a victory in the 2017 Scotiabank NHL Centennial Classic.
He registered 1-1—2 in both a 3-2 shootout win over the Florida Panthers Dec. 28 and a 3-2 overtime triumph against the Tampa Bay Lightning Dec. 29. Matthews then scored twice, including his first career overtime goal, in a 5-4 victory over the Detroit Red Wings in the 2017 Scotiabank NHL Centennial Classic Jan. 1.
The 19-year-old Scottsdale native paces rookies in goals (20), points (32) and game-winning goals (t-3) through 36 contests this season, aided by 6-3—9 during a six-game point streak and 14-5—19 in 17 outings dating to Nov. 23.
As a youth, Matthews played for the Jr. Coyotes, Arizona Bobcats and the Lemieux Hockey Academy.