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Kane, Matthews reflect on memorable duel

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TSN Toronto reporter Mark Masters checks in daily with news and notes on the Maple Leafs. The Leafs and Blackhawks skated at Scotiabank Arena ahead of Wednesday's game.

During the summer, Patrick Kane and Auston Matthews were on the same flight from Detroit to Tampa.

“He’s a guy that, once you get to know him, he's really fun to talk to about hockey,” the 30-year-old Blackhawks winger said. "I was actually sitting next to [Chicago teammate Alex] DeBrincat, but he just came up and talked to us for two and a half, three hours, just about hockey and certain things in the past, just anything about hockey. He obvious​ly has a great interest in the game and those are the kind of guys that really love the game, that really have passion about it, that have a lot of success.”

In Tampa, the pair took part in a skills camp. A little more than a month later, on Oct. 7, the superstars were on the ice together again, ​wowing fans at the United Center during a 7-6 overtime win by the Leafs.

Kane tied the game 5-5 with 1:24 left in the third period before Matthews quieted the Madhouse on Madison 22 seconds later lifting his hand to his ear in Hulk Hogan fashion to celebrate. Then, with 29 seconds left, Kane again tied it putting his hand to his ear to mimic Matthews.

“It was pretty fun that night,” recalled the 21-year-old Leafs centre, “something you can always remember. Pretty cool to go head to head and have that kind of exchange with a guy like him who I’ve looked up to since I was a younger........