Like most NHL superstars, Auston Matthews doesn’t usually show much emotion.
But the Maple Leafs center came out of his shell Monday night in Toronto’s 4-2 loss against the Colorado Avalanche.
The first sign of life came when Matthews had a goal called back after it was determined he interfered with goaltender Jonathan Bernier, which was questionable to say the least.
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Matthews was not pleased with the call, and his reaction will be memed for years to come:
But he wasn’t done there. Minutes after having his goal overturned, Matthews picked up a juicy rebound off a William Nylander shot and buried it for his 21st goal of the season. The celebration that followed perfectly captured his excitement and frustration, as Matthews spun and signalled good goal while standing a few feet away from the referee.
When Matthews was asked about his celebration after the game, he responded in a more typical refrain.
“Just made sure the puck was in this time, was pretty excited about that one,” said Matthews.
The overturned goal would end up hurting the Leafs, as Colorado tied the game shortly after Matthews’ go-ahead marker and took the lead for good late in the third on a goal by Blake Comeau, giving the Avalanche their 10th straight win.