Auston Matthews’s record four-goal debut did not go unnoticed, particularly not on Twitter, where players, fans, media and the like were fawning over the stellar Maple Leafs rookie.
Matthews, just 19 years old, singlehandedly led the scoring for Toronto against Ottawa on Wednesday night, his flair and scoring touch immediately satisfying the prerequisite hype that comes with being this year’s No. 1 draft pick. After showing well at the World Cup, he’s wasted no time becoming extremely relevant.
Also, burying the lede a bit, Matthews is now the first NHL player to ever score four goals in his first game.
Would pay money to see Austin Matthews DM’s right now.
— Paul Bissonnette (@BizNasty2point0) October 13, 2016
Auston Matthews reached 4 tonight, something the Golden State Warriors could not do in the NBA Finals after taking a 3-1 lead
— OILERS BILLY MAYS (@atf13atf) October 13, 2016
Auston Matthews celebrates like a guy who has scored 4 goals in every NHL game he’s ever played
— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) October 13, 2016
Auston Matthews is the kind of player you’d trade to the Braves for Shelby Miller
— Michael Lananna (@mlananna) October 13, 2016
Auston Matthews for President: the only candidate who has proven he can impose his will on a bunch of unruly Senators
— Alex Novet (@GhostofNyles) October 13, 2016
Auston Matthews is on pace for 492 goals.
I say he does it.
— James Mirtle (@mirtle) October 13, 2016
After Auston Matthews fourth goal, I’m just going to accept that the only person in Toronto watching Arrow is my Mom.
— Stephen Amell (@StephenAmell) October 13, 2016
As of this writing, Matthews had not scored in the third period, which was tied 4–4.