Matthews has his­toric de­but for Maple Leafs

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS -

OT­TAWA, ON­TARIO >> Aus­ton Matthews needed 40 min­utes to get into the NHL record book.

In the high­est-scor­ing de­but in modern NHL his­tory, Matthews scored four goals for the Toronto Maple Leafs, but Kyle Tur­ris scored 37 sec­onds into over­time to give the Ot­tawa Se­na­tors to a 5-4 vic­tory Wed­nes­day night.

Matthews got his fourth with 3 sec­onds left in the sec­ond pe­riod, bring­ing his mother to tears in the stands.

The 19-year-old from Scotts­dale, Ari­zona, is the 12th first over­all pick to score in his NHL de­but.

Tur­ris scored twice, in­clud­ing the ty­ing goal 6:45 into the third pe­riod. Bobby Ryan, Erik Karls­son and Der­ick Bras­sard also scored for Ot­tawa.

Fred­erik An­der­sen stopped 25 of 30 shots for the Maple Leafs. Craig An­der­son had 34 saves for Ot­tawa.

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 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 An­der­son with an odd-an­gle fore­hand.

Matthews put Toronto ahead 3-2 with a one-timer from in­side 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 scored on his first four shots of the game.

His par­ents, Brian and Ema, were in the stands and cel­e­brated the first goal with a kiss. Af­ter the third goal, Matthews’ mom was shown on the broad­cast high-fiv­ing fans and cov­er­ing her face in dis­be­lief. The fourth goal left her in tears.

“Those were tears of joy,” Ema Matthews said. “I feel very ex­cited. This is what Aus­ton has been dreaming since he was 6, be play­ing right here in the NHL.”

“I hope that no­body’s go­ing to wake me up here any­time soon,” Brian Matthews said. “This is un­be­liev­able.”

Matthews’ de­but cap­ti­vated the league’s at­ten­tion on the sea­son’s open­ing night.


Toronto Maple Leafs cen­ter Aus­ton Matthews, right, cel­e­brates a first-pe­riod goal against the Ot­tawa Se­na­tors with team­mate Wil­liam Nylander on Wed­nes­day.

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