Toronto Maple Leafs F Auston Matthews shined in his NHL debut making history with four goals. Ottawa eventually won the game 5-4 in overtime, but it leaves fans in Leafs nation with plenty of reason for optimism.
Auston Matthews, Toronto Maple Leafs rookie and arguably one of the most anticipated players of the 2016-17 NHL season, made his historical NHL debut in the team’s matchup against the Ottawa Senators, Toronto’s first road game of the season.
Matthews notched a hat trick and eventually a historical four-goal game in his debut. He is the first player to notch a hat trick in a debut since New York Rangers F Derek Stepan in 2010 and the first player in history to rack up more than three goals.
Matthews stunned onlookers with his outbreak performance and already leads scorers with his four goals. This unreal performance is only the beginning of all the success Matthews will reel in this season.
Matthews will take the ice again in the Toronto Maple Leafs first home game against the Boston Bruins on Saturday, Oct. 15.