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Auston Matthews has historic debut in Leafs opener

Auston Matthews had a historic first regular season game in a Toronto Maple Leafs uniform tonight, scoring a whopping four goals in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Ottawa Senators. Yes, that's right, he scored all of the Leafs' goals. I guess we should start talking about the parade route again.

He's the first player to score four goals in his debut in the modern NHL. If there was any doubt that he was the real deal, Matthews just answered that question very loudly. And now the pressure will only amplify around him even more.

It was shortly past the eight minute mark of the game when Matthews potted his first marker. The last first round pick to score in his first game was Ryan Nugent-Hopkins for the Oilers back in 2011. By the time the first period was done, Matthews already had two! The hat trick came in the second period, at which point the ample Leafs fans in the crowd threw their hats on the ice.

What a profoundly auspicious start for this young man. Here's how Leafs fans reacted on Twitter.

Photo via the Toronto Maple Leafs.


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