Maple Leafs rookie Auston Matthews wasted no time making his mark in his debut Wednesday night against the Senators.
The No. 1 pick in this year’s draft scored twice in the first period, looking the part of a star and becoming the first player since Alex Ovechkin in 2005 to find the back of the net two times in his first NHL game.
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Matthews, an American regarded as a special talent, excelled at the World Cup leading into this season and enters with high expectations off the bat. The 19-year-old cleaned up in front of goal for his first score, then put together some special stickwork on his second.