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MUST-SEE: Leafs Rookie Engages In First Career Fight After Scoring Goal

Published December 16, 2023 at 11:04 PM

One of the consistent bright spots for the Leafs this season has been rookie Matthew Knies. Knies returned to the lineup tonight after dealing with an illness. He was quick to make his presence known.

Knies Sparks Leafs Strong Play In First Period Against Penguins

The Leafs rookie started things out by scoring a beautiful goal on his first shift of the game as he beat Tristan Jarry with a wicked backhand shot.

Matthew Knies scores an absolute beauty in his first shift back

It was an especially important moment as it was the first goal of the game for the Leafs. It would not be the last time Knies got on the scoresheet however. In his very next shift, he decided to drop the gloves.

Matthew Knies has completed 2/3's of a Gordie Howe Hat Trick in less than five minutes 😅

Knies Completes First Career Gordie Howe Hat Trick

If you thought that surely, Knies was done at that point then you are dearly mistaken. The rookie went on to set up Max Domi with a beautiful pass for his second goal as a Leaf. The assist on the play meant that Knies had completed the Gordie Howe Hat Trick for himself, the first of his career.

Matthew Knies completes the Gordie Howe hat trick! 🚨🥊🍎

Given the style of game that Knies plays, it might not be too surprising to see him rack up a few of these over the course of his career. Meanwhile though, he will look to continue to produce as the Leafs trounce the Penguins on home ice.

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MUST-SEE: Leafs Rookie Engages In First Career Fight After Scoring Goal

What was better, Knies' goal, assist, or the fight?

Goal4764.4 %
Fight2230.1 %
Assist45.5 %
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