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Auston Matthews likely to miss game 6 against Bruins

Published May 2, 2024 at 6:33 PM

Despite being spotted at practice for the Maple Leafs, sources suggest that Auston Matthews is unlikely to be fit for game 6 of the 2024 Stanley Cup playoffs against the Boston Bruins.

The star forward has been battling a lingering illness for several weeks, with symptoms exacerbating during physical exertion and gameplay. Matthews was also absent for game 5 against the Bruins, although the Maple Leafs managed to narrowly avoid elimination with a thrilling overtime victory of 2-1.

Coach Sheldon Keefe said during media availability :

"He's working through things to try to make himself available to play. No determination at this time. We'll see how the rest of the day goes."

While the Maple Leafs undoubtedly miss Matthews' presence on the ice, their recent success without him raises questions about his necessity for the playoffs. The team has demonstrated resilience and depth in his absence, leading some to speculate whether Matthews' return is truly imperative for their postseason aspirations.

The timeline for Matthews' return remains uncertain, as his recovery depends on the progression of his illness and his ability to regain full strength and stamina. As the Maple Leafs weigh the risks and rewards of Matthews' potential comeback, fans eagerly await updates on his condition and hope for his swift return to the lineup.

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