“Always try to set goals” – Double glory for Auston Matthews, clinches Hart, Lindsay awards

Auston Matthews is the third Toronto Maple Leafs player to win the Hart Trophy, and the first to win the Ted Lindsay Award.

Auston Matthews
Auston Matthews

Ace centre Auston Matthews had one of the most special nights in his National Hockey League career at the 2022 NHL Awards on Tuesday. The Toronto Maple Leafs alternate captain bagged a couple of awards including the Heart Trophy, voted as the NHL’s most valuable player by members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association.

Moreover, the Californian ice hockey player clinched the Ted Lindsay Award for being the most outstanding player in the League as voted by members of the NHL Players’ Association. But being back at Amalie Arena, Matthews’ stupendous efforts were unable to lead his side – Toronto Maple Leafs to the Stanley Cup Final 2022.

I always try to set goals and just try to be the best that I can be,” Matthews said, as quoted by NHL.com. “But I think I’d be lying if I said there wasn’t a little bit of, I guess, angst wishing you were still playing, obviously, right now. Especially being back here.”

“You need a lot of things to go your way” 

Auston Matthews
Auston Matthews

Notably, the Maple Leafs had a chance for their maiden Stanley Cup Playoff series win since 2004 when the last time Matthews was in the building. However, they went down to the Tampa Bay Lightning and their quest continued to win the Stanley Cup for the third straight season.

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Of course, I’ve been watching,” Matthews said. “It’s tough to say. I’ve been watching for so long. Six, seven years now of watching at this time of year. So I think everybody knows, understands and realizes how hard it is. You need a lot of things to go your way and certain things. 

“We played a really good team in Tampa and there’s a reason that they’re back here in the Stanley Cup Final for the third straight year. So I think these are all just things that we can, I suppose, learn from.”

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