Everett Silvertips Draft Pick Auston Matthews Dominates NHL Debut

Everett Silvertips Draft Pick Auston Matthews Dominates NHL Debut

No one, of course, expected the soft-spoken 19-year-old American to score on his first three shots; no one saw the cascade of hats raining down in an enemy rink for the first hat trick of what should be a remarkable career; and no one really expected that he would be first star in his first game, having scored all four of Toronto's goals in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Senators.

With three seconds left in the second period, Matthews found the net once more after a give-and-go with William Nylander to become the first player in the league's 100-year history to score four goals in his debut.

When McDavid heard about Matthews' outburst on Wednesday night he said, "I think in my first game I touched the puck four times, so it was a little bit of a different night for us on our opening nights".

Bobby Ryan, Erik Karlsson, Derrick Brassard and Turris, with two goals, scored for the Senators (1-0-0).

On the play Matthews stole the puck along the half-boards from a two-time Norris Trophy victor named Erik Karlsson and stormed to the net to beat Craig Anderson with an unassisted snapper.

And he wasted no time in getting the scoring going.

Even though Auston was an National Hockey League prospect before 2016, he missed the birthdate cutoff for the 2015 National Hockey League draft, and opted to play for the ZSC Lions in Switzerland instead.

Yes, the loss: Matthews was critical of his play on Kyle Turris's overtime victor; the new Leaf figured he was beaten to what turned out to be the game-winning puck.

Vladimir Tarasenko was dominant as his two goals and assist led the Blues, who scored three times in the final period.

Brouwer intercepted a pass and scored on a short-handed breakaway 8:26 into the second, and then Frolik capitalized on a turnover by Milan Lucic to tie it with 9:09 left in the period. St. Louis exploited a lengthy 5-on-3 situation in the end of the second period and beginning of the third, managing the tying and then decisive goals on the PP. "He played with men previous year, So he's good right away".

"Those were tears of joy", she told Sportsnet. Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau had no points and was a -3 in his first game since signing a six-year, $40.5 million contract. "I feel very excited".

Weatherdon couldn't confirm that Matthews did so, but did say that, in anticipation of the demand, the union had discussions with his representation at CAA and didn't anticipate an issue.

Thanks to Matthews, they've also sent a message that last year's unwatchable 30th-place finish is already a thing of the past.

But the real takeaway for me was how his performance on just about every single shift was overpowering against an Ottawa team that has plenty of talent.

Kevin Shattenkirk and Paul Stastny each had a goal and two assists for the Blues, who eliminated the Blackhawks in seven games in the first round of the playoffs in April.

NOTES: Senators D Thomas Chabot took part in the pregame warmup but, in sticking to the script, was a healthy scratch for the game. The Leafs are back in action Saturday night for their home opener as they host the Boston Bruins. Maple Leafs veteran D Roman Polak was also scratched, as was Maple Leafs D Frank Corrado. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.

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