Auston Matthews Makes NHL History; Maple Leafs Don't
This spring's first overall draft choice made a debut that was everything his billing said it would be.
Toronto, meanwhile, began the NHL season by being everything the Maple Leafs have been since 1967.
Auston Matthews struck for an amazing total of four goals against Ottawa, a haul that surpasses every legend ever to hit the ice.
And the Leafs still lost, 5-4, in overtime.
Everything about Matthews points to his ascending to hockey-godlike status.
Back in the day, in Örnsköldsvik, a young hockey player came home in tears after his first game. His team had lost, 7-6.
How may goals, his parents asked, did he score to aid the cause?
Peter Forsberg replied, "Six."
Matthews can now relate to that. It could be the first of many.