Auston Matthews lashes out verbally at officials after brutal game-deciding missed call

Published March 11, 2022 at 7:09

The Toronto Maple Leafs erased a 3-goal deficit to force OT against the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday night, but the officials once again dropped the ball when they failed to make a call that you simply have to call 100% of the time.

During the overtime period, Arizona Coyotes defenseman Jakob Chychrun reached out and grabbed ahold of Auston Matthews' stick to gain an edge on him to set up the game-winning play and scoring his second of the game a moment later to lead the Yotes to a 5-4 win on the road.

Matthews was IRATE with the officials for the brutal non-call on the play, as he felt that Chychrun got away with one right in the line of sight of a pair of officials. The league's scoring leader did not hold back, verbally assaulting multiple officials before leaving the ice.

Matthews remains a player who doesn't draw many penalties, so he likely feels as though the referees are simply allowing opposing players to take liberties on him freely. I'd be frustrated too.

Officials cherrypicking when to use the rulebook and when to throw it out the window is an embarrassment to the league and I don't blame Matthews for letting the refs know how he felt at the end of this one.
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