Matthew Knies, welcome to the show. In Game 1 of the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Florida Panthers, rookie forward Matthew Knies scored his first career NHL goal, contributing to a two-goal comeback of the Maple Leafs in the second period.
Knies’ goal came with 11:50 left in the second period, just nine seconds after Panthers’ Sam Bennett scored to make it 2-0. It was a pivotal moment in the game, as Knies’ goal sparked a comeback that ultimately led the Maple Leafs to tie the game.
WATCH: Matthew Knies triggers Leafs comeback in second period
Matthew Knies’ goal was a thing of beauty, showcasing his skill and creativity. Auston Matthews carried the puck into the zone, stopped and found Knies in the slot with a backhand pass from the boards. Knies made a spinorama that put Panthers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky out of position, and he got the puck into the backhand goal. It was a milestone goal that will be remembered for a long time.
Knies’ first NHL goal came at a crucial time for the maple leaves, who have struggled in the playoffs in recent years. His contribution to the team’s success was significant and he quickly became a fan favourite. Knies’ goal was also significant as it came in the second round of the playoffs, which is a rare feat for a rookie.
In fact, only a handful of players in NHL history have scored their first career goal in the second round of the playoffs. Knies joins a small group of players that includes Martin Lapointe, Adam Foote and John Slaney. It’s a testament to his talent and determination that he managed to score such an important goal in his first season in the NHL.
Knies was one of the main reasons the Maple Leafs broke their 19-year playoff drought, and he was a telling addition to the line with Auston Matthews and William Nylander. He has shown he has the skills and the talent to play at the highest level, and his future in the NHL looks bright.
Matthew Knies’ first NHL goal was a special moment for him and the Maple Leafs organization. It was a moment that showcased his skill and creativity, and it helped the team win an important playoff game. As the playoffs continue, fans will watch what other contributions Knies can make as he continues to become a top NHL player.