Maple Leafs rookie Auston Matthews wasted no time making his mark in his debut Wednesday night against the Senators.
The No. 1 pick in this year’s draft scored twice in the first period, looking the part of a star and becoming the first player since Alex Ovechkin in 2005 to find the back of the net two times in his first NHL game. Matthews then scored a remarkable third goal in the second period, completing the hat trick with room for more.
Matthews became the fifth player to score three goals in his first-ever game, tying the record for most goals in a debut.
The 19-year-old cleaned up in front of goal for his first score, put together some special stickwork on his second, and sniped in the third off a rebound. With his fourth, he became the first player with four goals in his first NHL game. Watch all of his goals below.
Matthews, an American regarded as a special talent, excelled at the World Cup leading into this season and begins his career with understandably high expectations. The hype isn’t going anywhere after this.