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Matthews trying to stay patient as pressure increases

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15.04.2019

SPORTSCENTRE Reporter

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TSN Toronto reporter Mark Masters checks in daily with news and notes on the Maple Leafs. The Leafs and Bruins skated at Scotiabank Arena Monday morning ahead of Game 3.

Auston Matthews has fired eight shots on net in two games, but is still looking for his first point of the series. He's trying to stay patient as the pressure to score increases.

"You want to, obviously, score and create and produce," he said, "I mean, you’re getting shots and opportunities from the slot and they’re not going in so you just got to keep shooting and​stay patient. I think two years ago when we were in the playoffs against Washington it was the same situation, two games went by and no points and then kind of just went from there."

Matthews also scored in Game 3 last season against the Bruins, but unlike his rookie playoff series against Washington when he scored in Game 3 and then in every other game the rest of the way, that tally last year didn’t lead to more points. In fact, Matthews now has just two points (one goal) in nine playoffs games against Boston.

"You've got to stay patient," the 21-year-old said. "You’re going to get opportunities every game like we have been and try to cash in and one goes in and hopefully it's the domino effect."

Despite another slow start to his playoff campaign, Auston Matthews and Mike Babcock are confident that things will turn around for the Leafs superstar. Matthews hasn't registered a point, and is -1 despite seeing over 20 minutes of ice-time each of the first two games vs. Boston.

What can Matthews, who now has just one assist in six games dating back to the regular season and linemates Kasperi Kapanen (one goal in his last 18 games) and Andreas........

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