During Sunday's regular season NHL game between the Chicago Blackhawks and Toronto Maple Leafs, Auston Matthews celebrated a goal that caught the ire of Patrick Kane.
The Maple Leafs and Blackhawks were in a back and forth, high-scoring affair that included a ton of goals and the continued strong showing by Maple Leafs' franchise player Auston Matthews who is off to a strong start with eight points in three games to lead all NHL scorers. Matthews put the Maple Leafs up by a score of 6-5 with his fifth goal of the year and with just over one minute left in the game. He celebrated as if the Maple Leafs were going to win the game by putting his hand up to his ear to encourage sarcastic cheers from the Chicago crowd.
Patrick Kane was not a fan of the move.
Just 32 seconds later Kane scored to tie the game up and eventually send it into overtime. Matthews admitted after the game that he thought his team had the game locked up with so little time left, hence his celebration. But, to see that one of the best players in the world was able to tie it up didn't surprise him either. Of course, he had to sit back and laugh knowing it was something he probably should have expected.
Kane said, "That's entertainment right there. I wasn't a fan when he did it so it was nice to score and kinda do it back to him."
Auston Matthews and Patrick Kane discuss their duelling celebrations ⚔️ pic.twitter.com/4ooojcDQ5i— TSN (@TSN_Sports) October 8, 2018
In the end, Matthews got the last laugh. The Maple Leafs won in overtime and took the game by a score of 7-6. Both players admitted it was fun to go back and forth and while Chicago might have wished for a better fate, the Maple Leafs happy to squeak out a win. The top players for the Leafs showed up and that was the difference in the outcome of the game.
These types of games might be a recurring theme for the Leafs this season who should score a lot, but also get scored on quite a bit.