Toronto Maple Leafs rookie Auston Matthews scored four goals in his first NHL game last night, setting a league record.
Auston Matthews scored four goals in his NHL debut in the Toronto Maple Leafs’ opening-night game Wednesday against the Ottawa Senators. His goals accounted for all of Toronto’s scoring, as the Leafs fell to Ottawa 5-4 in overtime.
“I couldn’t believe that was happening out there,” Matthews told The Associated Press after the game.
Matthews, a 19-year-old from Scottsdale, Ariz., was selected with the No. 1 overall pick in June’s draft.
Yes, Matthews scored all of the Leafs’ goals, and yes they still lost. To his great credit, Matthews was rather subdued in post-game interviews, even blaming himself for the loss, since the man he was covering scored the game winner. This kid is going to be a superstar, and like most NHL players, his ego is firmly in check.