Auston Matthews

The Maple Leafs’ rookie Auston Matthews, 19 years old, played his first NHL game yesterday, scored on his first shot, scored on his second shot (after skating his way through all five Ottawa Senators), and then scored on his third shot. Hat trick. He then added another goal. Four goals in a rookie’s debut game, an NHL record. He was scoreless in the third period, however, a career slump that hurt the Leafs being that none of them could put anything in the net themselves, nor their goalie keep anything out, and the Senators won 5-4. Matthews looks like a young Wayne Gretzky, the Toronto Maple Leafs looked like, well, the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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