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Only thing Maple Leafs' Auston Matthews lacks is credit for how awesome he is

Plucky American kid, won the rookie of the year award last season, trying to get the Toronto Maple Leafs their first Stanley Cup since The Beatles released "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" and has scored almost as many goals in 89 career games (46) as Connor McDavid has in 132 games (49)? MLB Boston Red Sox Nike 2016 AC Legend Team Issue 1.6 T-Shirt - GrayThe 20-year-old center who has been compared to Mario Lemieux or, failing that, had the Toronto Sun say that the only player who can be to Auston Matthews is ... Auston Matthews? If it seems like this "Auston Matthews" is rather well-known and lauded by the hockey community, that's because he is. Which is why this investigation from our friends at TSN has become the season's first full-fledged meme:"Is Matthews getting the credit he deserves?" The answer is, "YES OF COURSE HE IS, WHY IS THIS EVEN A QUESTION?" But there have been many other reactions to this peculiar query, and not just Edmonton Oilers fans causing a brief tremor via their simultaneous eye-roll at the Toronto-centric media. In other Auston Matthews takes, please check out the "do the Leafs get too much coverage?" section from Down Goes Brown on Vice Sports and an interesting piece about Matthews' perceived lack of personality from Jeff Veillette. Vegas Odds The new wagering odds for the 2018 Stanley Cup champion were released on Friday, and they are notable for two reasons: The first is that the Leafs, who never get any credit, much like their star player, are the odds-on favorite to win the Cup, at 8-to-1; and the second is that the juggernaut Vegas Golden Knights are at 33-to-1 to win the Cup in their inaugural season, which means they have better odds than 11 other teams and the same odds as the Boston Bruins and San Jose Sharks. So there's a 33-to-1 chance that we're getting a Stanley Cup parade with Carrot Top. What's not to love?Brad Marchand is funny Bruins star Brad Marchand is one of the more reliable tweeters among NHL players, Andy Lee Jersey in the sense that he's demonstrably funny and seems to write them on his own, even Andy Lee Jersey if people probably think they're being propped up by Patrice Bergeron.The coach's challenge system is ultimately a good thing, righting the wrongs and correcting the human errors that are inherent in on-ice officiating. But offering a check and balance on officiating only works if a bad call isn't reinforced by an even worse misinterpretation of the rules. Such was the debacle in Denver on Thursday night. The St. Louis Blues were leading the Colorado Avalanche late in the third period, 4-3, when Nikita Zadorov intercepted the puck in the neutral zone, fed it to Sven Andrighetto, who then passed it across the Blues zone to a wide-open Mikko Rantanen for a one-timer to tie the game with 2:35 left in regulation. (Watch it here.) Why was he wide open? Because the Blues stopped playing since the play was completely offside: Andrighetto was in the attacking zone when he took the pass from Zadorov; he then skated the puck out, skated back in and made the play. Therein lies the problem: Goals can only be reviewed for a potential offside under certain circumstances. One of them, according to the NHL rulebook, is that "the puck does not come out of the attacking zone again." Which it very much did, negating the chance to review it. So the refs blew the call and the review. The NHL sort of apologized for this on Friday. Tom Hunter of Mile High Hockey had a great breakdown of the play and the rule. As Adrian Dater of BSN Denver notes, as much grief as the officials should take for this, how did no one in the Avalanche organization crack open the rule book for clarification during the review? It meant the difference between a 4-3 loss and at least a point in the standings.

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