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Keefe reveals his message to Matthews during heartfelt bench moment


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Julien Trekker
April 18, 2024  (8:35)
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Toronto Maple Leafs' head coach Sheldon Keefe talking to Auston Matthews at the bench.
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Toronto Maple Leafs' head coach Sheldon Keefe revealed his message to Auston Matthews during last night's heartfelt bench moment.

With 34 seconds left in the Leafs' game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Matthews returned to the bench, still with 69 goals, even after firing 12 shots on the Bolts' goal.
Coach Keefe came up to him and they spoke for a few seconds in what seemed like an emotional conversation at the time.
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Take a look in the video below:
In his press conference following the 6-4 loss, Keefe revealed what he said to his star player at the bench.
Per Mark Masters:
"Sheldon Keefe shared moment with Matthews at end of 3rd period; told him it was fitting what time the clock showed when he came off ice for the final time in the regular season

"34 seconds on the clock. Tells me there's more great things to come for Auston & our team""

Matthews was clearly disappointed after failing to reach that impressive mark. Keefe showed a lot of leadership by talking to him immediately after his return to the bench.
Keefe's message shows that the coach believes in his player, and it was the right thing to do for his confidence, especially with the playoffs around the corner.
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