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Maple Leafs’ Auston Matthews scores 45th goal, keeps pace with Bruins’ David Pastrnak

The Rocket Richard Trophy race proceeds to heat up as the two leaders, Toronto Maple Leafs ahead Auston Matthews and Boston Bruins ahead David Pastrnak, each individual scored in their respective online games on Saturday.

Matthews showcased his velocity entering the offensive zone, outskating the Canucks defense and someway getting a person previous Canucks goalie Thatcher Demko for his 45th purpose of the period. It was a go-forward purpose in the very first interval to make it two-one Maple Leafs.

It was Matthews’ 31st purpose of the period at house, tied for 2nd-most in a period in franchise history and just three behind Darryl Sittler’s record of 34 established in 1977-78.

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The purpose helped Matthews keep pace with Boston’s Pastrnak, who scored his forty seventh purpose of the period in a 4- earn above the New York Islanders. 

Pastrnak opened the scoring after Bruins defenseman Torey Krug gained a cross-ice pass and tried to hook up with ahead Patrice Bergeron. The pass was behind Bergeron, who was charging the net, and the puck went into the corner where Pastrnak a person-timed a snapshot previous Islanders goalie Semyon Varlamov.

It was the 15th time that Pastrnak had opened the scoring for the Bruins in a game this period. The only participant in NHL history who has accomplished it a lot more in a single period was Brett Hull in 1990-ninety one (twenty) and 1991-92 (sixteen).

Pastrnak maintains his two-purpose edge on Matthews in the Rocket Richard race. Both teams have sixteen online games remaining in the period.