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Auston Matthews scores four goals in first NHL game

Maple Leafs rookie gets two in first period, two in second in loss to Senators

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Matthews' four-goal debut

TOR@OTT: Matthews bursts onto scene with four goals

Auston Matthews lives up to the hype, dazzling the Ottawa crowd en route to a record four-goal night in his NHL debut

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Auston Matthews of the Toronto Maple Leafs became the first player in the modern era to score four goals in his first NHL game, against the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre on Wednesday.

He scored at 8:21 and 14:18 of the first period, 1:25 into the second, and with 3 seconds remaining in the period.

The No. 1 pick in the 2016 NHL Draft scored his first against goalie Craig Anderson off a pass from forward Zach Hyman to give Toronto a 1-0 lead. Matthews' second was unassisted after he stole the puck from Senators captain Erik Karlsson and beat Anderson to tie the game 2-2.

Mattthews' third came off a pass from Morgan Rielly for a 3-2 lead. The three goals came on his first three shots in the NHL.

Video: Breaking down Auston Matthews' historic night

The fourth was off a pass from William Nylander and gave Toronto a 4-3 lead.

Ottawa won 5-4 in overtime on a goal by Kyle Turris.

Matthews was the first No. 1 pick since Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals (2004 NHL Draft) to score twice in his NHL debut, and the third player to score a hat trick in his first NHL game that was a season opener (Real Cloutier, Quebec Nordiques vs. Atlanta Thrashers, Oct. 10, 1979; Derek Stepan, New York Rangers vs. Buffalo Sabres, Oct. 9, 2010).

Joe Malone and Harry Hyland each scored five goals in his NHL debut in 1917. The NHL modern era began with the 1943-44 season.

Video: TOR@OTT: Matthews discusses record-setting debut

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