Toronto Ontario — Upon being tripped up the boards by a Winnipeg defenseman, Auston Matthews tried with all his might to remain on his skates. Unfortunately, he went down hard and immediately looked up at the ref to see his hand going up. Matthews quickly got back to his feet and ran after the ref in disbelief.
” I slipped, he never even touched me. I swear I went down on my own, please we don’t need this right now. Put the whistle away!” Matthews could be heard yelling at the ref.
Like usual, yelling at a call doesn’t get you anywhere and the Maple Leafs were going to the powerplay. It was a dreaded call that killed all the momentum for the Leafs who trailed by one in the third. Having an extra player is almost guaranteed to be two minutes without a goal which is a big turn of events from the team that once led the league in power play goals. Now they are 1 for 43 since the slump started and need to get back to even strength hockey if they want to keep hold of the top spot in their division.
For the remainder of the season, if they accidentally draw a penalty, they may have to think about roughing someone to get a penalty so that they can at least play 4 on 4. Toronto head coach Sheldon Keefe has said they will work on getting penalties this week in case they need to get back to even strength.