Leafs announce the latest on Auston Matthews

The Leafs star goal scorer was forced to miss Game 5.

Michael W.

The good news for the Toronto Maple Leafs is that they were able to stave off elimination thanks to a clutch performance in net from goaltender Joseph Woll, while young forward Matthew Knies tallied the overtime winning goal over the Boston Bruins to guarantee a Game 6 tomorrow night in Toronto.

The bad news is that they still trail the best of seven series by a three games to two margin, and they may also be without star goal scorer Auston Matthews for a second straight game. Not only did he depart in the 3rd period of Game 4, but also didn't suit up last night. Naturally, Leafs fans everywhere are looking for any indication as to his status for tomorrow night's must-win game on home ice.

Matthews did skate today with a handful of assistant coaches today, but didn't speak to media members. And head coach Sheldon Keefe is remaining tight-lipped about whether or not he'll be able to play tomorrow night. 

"No update otherwise," Keefe said of Matthews. 

It may be frustrating to fans and even media alike that teams choose to remain as secretive as they do about ailments to star players, but the very limited flow of information isn't an unusual phenomenon during the playoffs. 

Meanwhile, the prospect of securing home-ice advantage for tomorrow's crucial game isn't a significant focus for Keefe. Instead, he's solely focused on the upcoming matchup, viewing it through the lens of his team's season potentially coming to an end if they don't win. 

"Quite honestly, it means nothing," Keefe said of playing Game 6 on home ice. "We have to approach the game no different than we have on the road in terms of our plan and what’s required. We don’t have to impress anyone. We don’t have to do this or that, we have to win a game"

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Source: TSN