Historic 4-goal debut for Matthews
OTTAWA, Ontario — Auston Matthews needed just 40 minutes to get into the NHL record book.
In the highest-scoring debut in modern NHL history, Matthews scored four goals for the Maple Leafs, but Kyle Turris scored 37 seconds into overtime to give the Senators a 5-4 victory Wednesday night.
Matthews scored his fourth goal with 3 seconds left in the second period, bringing his mother to tears in the stands.
The 19-year-old from Scottsdale, Ariz., became the 12th first overall pick to score in his NHL debut.
Matthews scored on his first shot 8:21 into the first period, snapping in a pass from Zach Hyman during a scrum around the net.
The second goal came with 5:42 left in the first period. He weaved through a pair of Senators near the blue line, stole the puck from two-time Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson along the boards and then beat goalie Frederik Anderson with an odd-angle forehand.
Matthews put the Leafs ahead 3-2 with a one-timer from the right circle on a feed from Morgan Rielly 1:25 into the second period, and fans showered the ice with hats.
The fourth goal followed a give-and-go with William Nylander. Matthews lifted the puck past Anderson with 3 seconds left in the second after blowing by a defender in the slot.
Matthews became the fifth player with at least three goals in his NHL debut since 1943-44 and the first since Derek Stepan with the Rangers in 2010.