Matthews' 4 goals not enough as Leafs fall to Sens
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[October 13, 2016]
OTTAWA -- Toronto Maple Leafs
center Auston Matthews did more than live up to his billing. He made
history, and it just took him two periods of his NHL career to do
Matthews became the first player to score four goals in his first
game, but it still wasn't enough to defeat the Ottawa Senators at
Canadian Tire Centre in the season opener for both teams Wednesday
Senators center Kyle Turris scored his second of the night on a slap
shot from the high slot at 37 seconds of overtime to give the
Senators a 5-4 victory over Matthews' Maple Leafs.
Turris also sent the game into extra time when he beat Maple Leafs
goalie Frederik Andersen with 13:15 left in the third period.
Both goals were set up by Senators winger Mark Stone.
Also replying to the Matthews show for the Senators was winger Bobby
Ryan, defenseman Erik Karlsson and center Derick Brassard
Senators goalie Craig Anderson made 34 saves while Frederik Andersen
stopped 25 shots.
The score was Matthews 4, Senators 3 after two periods.
Matthews scored his first goal on his first shot just 8:21 into his
career. Positioned in front of the net, he converted a pass from
winger Zach Hyman, who was just off the end boards. Winger William
Nylander had the other assist.
The Senators were able to get that one back at the 10:26 mark when
Ryan backhanded home a loose puck after Frederik Andersen couldn't
control the rebound of a Karlsson point shot.
Karlsson put Ottawa in front at 12:49 with a slap shot from the
point that changed directions off a Leafs defender, with Ryan
earning one assist and center Derick Brassard the other for his
first point as a Senator.
Matthews scored his second on a beautiful solo effort at 14:16 of
the period, walking around Karlsson on the left-wing boards in
Senators territory before beating Craig Anderson with a short side
That's the way the first period ended, with the score tied 2-2, but
it didn't take Matthews long after the intermission to get going
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Senators defenseman Chris Wideman (6) clears the puck in the first
period against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Canadian Tire Centre.
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At 1:25 of the second, he was standing at the bottom of the right
wing face-off circle when he one-timed a pass from Morgan Rielly to
put Toronto in front, becoming just the fifth player to score a hat
trick in his NHL debut.
The score stayed that way until Brassard tied it up at 17:52 of the
second, out muscling Maple Leafs defensemen Martin Marincin on his
way to the net, where he jammed a shot past Frederik Andersen.
But Matthews put Toronto ahead with 3 seconds left in the period,
taking a pass from Nylander on a 2-on-1 before beating Craig
Anderson just inside his right post.
NOTES: Senators D Thomas Chabot took part in the pre-game warmup
but, in sticking to the script, was a healthy scratch for the game.
The Senators are still deciding whether they'll keep their 19-year
old first round pick or send him back to his junior team before the
nine-game mark. Chabot's offensive skills, puck moving ability and
skating are unquestioned, but the Senators want to be sure he can
play defense at the NHL level. ... Senators LW Matt Puempel was also
scratched. ... The Maple Leafs scratched C Seth Griffith, who they
claimed off waivers from the Boston Bruins earlier this week. ...
Maple Leafs veteran D Roman Polak was also scratched, as was Maple
Leafs D Frank Corrado.
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