Auston Matthews was the real winner of the NHL awards on Tuesday night, taking home the Hart Memorial Trophy as the league’s most valuable player and the Ted Lindsay Award for most outstanding player as voted on by his peers.
However, he was quickly reminded that he has yet to reach the second-round series of the postseason, or the Stanley Cup for that matter, when host Kenan Thompson humiliated the star forward and the Maple Leafs in the last minute of the show.
After his speech for the Hart Trophy, the last award presented in the ceremony, Matthews headed off stage. Thompson was back to wrap things up, when he crossed paths with Matthew and shook his hand, he let out a joke that had to hurt and humiliate the winner.
“Congrats to Auston Matthews, it’s nice to see the Leafs winning something in June.”
Brutal! The camera did not catch Matthews’ reaction to Thompson’s joke, but his comment quickly went viral on social media.
The funny thing also is that the show was brought to an abrupt end right after the SNL star’s comment with the broadcast shutting down before the final goodbyes.
Thompson was however stating facts: the Leafs have gone without a championship for 55 years, and it’s been 18 long years since they have won a single playoff series.
The Colorado Avalanche is currently leading the final series 2-1 over the Tampa Bay Lightning, who eliminated Toronto in seven games in the first round of the playoffs.