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Matthews Dazzles but Turris, Senators get Win

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Rookie Scores Four Goals in Debut but Team Falls in Overtime


OTTAWA-The NHL season got underway this evening, highlighted by the much-expected debut of 2016 No. 1 overall pick Auston Matthews. While he did not disappoint, made NHL history in fact, his debut did not end as he surely hoped.

Four goals from Matthews were not enough as Kyle Turris scored twice, including the game winner, to give the Ottawa Senators an opening night 5-4 win in overtime over their providential rival, the Toronto Maple Leafs.

With all eyes on him, Matthews did not take long to introduce himself to the Senators and the NHL when he scored 8:21 into the game to get his first career goal. The 18-year-old battled for position in front of the net and buried a pass from behind the net past a sprawling Craig Anderson.

Ottawa, though, did not need a lot of time to get on level terms as Bobby Ryan tied the game with his first of the year 2:05 after his team fell behind. 2:23 later, the Senators grabbed a 2-1 lead when Erik Karlsson‘s slap shot from the point deflected off of James van Riemsdyk and skipped off the ice past Toronto goalie Frederik Andersen.

Matthews would then get the game tied back up less than two minutes later when he netted his second of the game on a beautiful individual effort.

The rookie stripped Karlsson of the puck along the left wall in the Ottawa zone, skated in on the left wing, and fired a shot past Anderson on the far post to get things evened up at 2-2.

That’s how things would go into the second period.

1:25 into the middle frame, Matthews would get his hat trick as he received a pass in the right-wing circle and fired a wrist shot past Anderson to give his team a 3-2 lead early in the second.

With 2:08 left in the period, offseason acquisition Derick Brassard would tie things up again for the home team with his own individual effort. Brassard picked up a loose puck in his defensive zone, came down the left wing, held off a Toronto defender, and fired a shot five-hole past Andersen for his first goal as a Senator.

Just when it looked like things would head to the intermission all tied up at three, Matthews would make NHL history when he scored on a 2-on-1 with three seconds left in the period to get his fourth goal of the game. He became the first rookie ever in the modern era to score four goals in his first NHL game.

The Maple Leafs headed into the third period with a 4-3 lead, but were unable to hold it as Turris would tie the game yet again 6:45 into the period when he received a pass from Mark Stone in the right circle, turned, and fired a wrist past Andersen’s left shoulder to get his first of the year.

Despite late chances by both teams to grab a late goal, the game headed to overtime.

In the extra period, Turris would seal Ottawa’s comeback once and for all.

After a Toronto rush up the ice failed to materialize, Karlsson brought the puck up the right wing. After slowing down just inside the Maple Leafs blue line, he found an oncoming Turris, who wired a slapper high glove past Andersen to get his second of the game and give his team the 5-4 win.

On the game-winning goal, Matthews fell just a step behind Turris, who was the man he was supposed to be marking, which allowed the 27-year-old to get his shot away.

Both teams will now get a couple of days off before their next games on Saturday. The Maple Leafs will have their home opener against the Boston Bruins, while the Senators host the Montreal Canadiens.


1st Star: Auston Matthews, TOR

2nd Star: Kyle Turris, OTT

3rd Star: Derick Brassard, OTT