He did it.
The goal breaks the tie and moves Matthews into sole possession of the Leafs’ single-season rookie scoring record, topping the mark that Wendel Clark set back in 1985-86.
Matthews continues to lead the Leafs with 62 points, and is helping the team into a position to make a run at the playoffs for the first time since 2012-13.
In comparison, Clark had 45 points in his rookie season and the Leafs managed just 57 points with a 25-48-7 record.
Matthews is now first in goals and points among all NHL rookies, one ahead of Winnipeg’s Patrik Laine in each.