Standing in front of the net is not an ideal place for a player of Matthews vision and caliber, but he adapts to the skill that surrounds him with some nice work in front of the net. He doesn’t even notice the cross-check from Michel Kempny, the 6’0″, 194lb Czech defender as he pots the tying goal.
Polak doing what Polak does best, questionable plays. Matthews doesn’t like it and cracks his soon-to-be ‘protector’ in the lower back. Matthews will have to work on his aim, though, because he sent the rugged defender to the ice on top of his linemate Connor McDavid.