Team North America rules.
Matthews getting mobbed by his teammates. Photo by Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
It's not often that you get to watch two No. 1 overall picks skate together on the same line, unless you're an Edmonton Oilers fan, of course. But on Monday night when the future superstars of Team North America took on Alex Ovechkin and Team Russia, we got to see a little magic from the previous two No. 1 overall picks.
Edmonton's Connor McDavid and the Maple Leafs' Auston Matthews got Team North America off to a flying start when McDavid broke down the boards with speed and fed the Maple Leafs' saviour for his first goal at the Air Canada Centre, igniting a sold-out crowd in Toronto.
It was a special moment for Matthews and Maple Leafs fans alike, and fans of the struggling franchise can only hope the top pick in the 2016 draft continues to light up the league for years to come.
Team North America came just short of a comeback Monday night, falling 4-3 to Russia despite hammering Sergei Bobrovsky with 46 shots, with Shayne Gostisbehere firing one off the post and Johnny Gaudreau missing an empty net late in the third period. It was the best game of the tournament, and Team North America's speed and skill was on full display, proving the young guns to be far and away the most exciting part of this gimmicky tournament.
Good luck, kids.
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