His­toric 4-goal de­but for Matthews

Baltimore Sun - - NHL - AP

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.

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