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Auston Matthews debut sparks social media frenzy

Maple Leafs forward's four-goal game has fellow NHL players in awe

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Auston Matthews became the talk of social media when the Toronto Maple Leafs rookie became the first player in the NHL's modern era (since 1943-44) to score four goals in his debut Wednesday against the Ottawa Senators.

Matthews, the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, was the No. 1 trending topic worldwide on Twitter Wednesday, drawing more than 95,000 tweets as of the second intermission of the Maple Leafs game against the Senators. NHL players were among those tweeting.

Tweet from @Letang_58: @AM34 492 goals nothing less !!!

Tweet from @MGaborik12: 4ginos? No biggie... I think he'll get 5. #crazy #Matthews

Tweet from @MGaborik12: Since the start of this game I didnt even have a chance to drink 4beers and hes got 4goals #Matthews

Tweet from @max_domi: Wow! What a night.@AM34 congrats bud!

Tweet from @tseguinofficial: I don't even know what to say. Just a treat to watch tonight @AM34

Tweet from @TomSestito23: Austin Matthews might have more career NHL goals than me before the night is over .....

 Sestito has 10 career goals in 141 NHL games.

Tweet from @JamieMcGinn88: "Easy game" #matthews

Tweet from @VStalberg: Most guys would be thrilled to score four in a month.... #easygame

Tweet from @Joe_Colborne: Cmon @AM34 it's not supposed to be this easy...

Tweet from @GSparks40: I feel like I'm watching one of the 99 overall created player's I used to make in NHL 2002

Tweet from @TheRealCally24: @DerekStepan21 your 3 goals in Buffalo is not looking so impressive anymore...��

Stepan had a hat trick in his NHL debut with the New York Rangers in 2010.

The awe and admiration quickly turned to fear, however, when everyone realized they might have to face Matthews this season.

Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo volunteered his backup and former Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer into the net for his team's games against Toronto. The Panthers play the Maple Leafs five times this season. The first meeting is Oct. 27 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

Tweet from @strombone1: I've just decided that Reims will play ALL of the games versus the leafs this year...... #Matthews

Tweet from @BlueJacketsNHL: Siri: when do we play the Leafs?

 The Blue Jackets play the Maple Leafs three times this season with the first meeting coming on February 15, 2017.

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