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Matthews misses Game 5 against Bruins


Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews missed Game 5 against the Boston Bruins Tuesday night.

The Leafs won 2-1 in overtime on a winner from Matthew Knies, cutting the Bruins' lead in the series to three games to two and forcing a Game 6 Thursday night. 

Matthews was pulled in the third period of Saturday’s Game 4 loss with an illness. Head coach Sheldon Keefe said on Tuesday that it would be a doctor’s call if he would be able to suit up for Game 5.

TSN Hockey Insider Chris Johnston also wrote in The Athletic that Matthews is also believed to be dealing with an undisclosed injury.

The 26-year-old has three points in the series, with all of them coming in Toronto’s 3-2, Game 2 victory where he scored the game-winning goal late in the third period.

Matthews had 69 goals and 38 assists for 107 points during the regular season.

Game 6 between the Leafs and Bruins will go Thursday night at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto.