Leafs' Auston Matthews scores twice in first NHL period
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) Auston Matthews made good on the hype in his first 20 NHL minutes.
The No. 1 overall pick by the Toronto Maple Leafs scored twice in the first period in his NHL debut against the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday night.
Matthews scored on his first shot 8:21 into the period, snapping in a pass from Zach Hyman during a scrum around the net.
Matthews' second goal came with 5:42 left after he dangled through a pair of Senators near the blue line, stole the puck from two-time Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson along the boards then beat goalie Craig Anderson with an odd-angle forehand.
The 19-year-old from Scottsdale, Arizona, is the 12th first overall pick to score in his NHL debut. His parents were shown on the broadcast celebrating the first goal with a kiss.
Toronto and Ottawa were tied 2-2 after one period.