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WOW!! Auston Matthews

by Michael Finewax
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

It’s so good to have hockey back. A little dinner, the NHL Center Ice package and once again I’m all set for the season.


What a debut for Auston Matthews! He became the first NHLer to score four times in his NHL debut and he looked so good doing so. And what a second goal he scored. It was a thing of beauty and you can watch it here


How much did he improve his draft rating or auction values in pools that have yet to draft?  It will be plenty as I’m sure many want the great start of the Arizona native.


A quick note. Matthews failed to get a goal in the third period or in overtime. He has not scored in the last 20 minutes and 40 seconds of action.


I think I’ll watch Designated Survivor once the Kings game is over. You have to love the Washington Capitals reference in the second episode.


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OTTAWA 5 TORONTO 4 (Overtime)


You have to be excited if you are a Maple Leaf fan. Not only did Auston Matthews have probably the greatest debut in NHL history, but Mitch Marner looked really good with his speed and scoring chances as did Nikita Zaitsev who showed some fine stickhandling as well as a coolness on the point during the power play. He makes a nice first pass and that has to bode well for the future.


And yet the Senators prevailed in overtime as Kyle Turris potted the winner on a nice feed from Erik Karlsson. It was his second goal of the game and he had plenty of help as Bobby Ryan and Derick Brassard each had a goal and a helper while Karlsson had a goal and two assists.


The line of Matthews, William Nylander and Zach Hyman combined for the four goals and three assists and were a combined plus-10 in the contest.


Craig Anderson stopped 34 shots for his first win of the season while Frederik Andersen made his Maple Leafs debut and only managed to stop 25 of the 30 shots headed his way.


Matt Hunwick played only 2:11 as he was crushed into the boards by Chris Neil early in the first. He did not return and it forced the Leafs to play with only five defensemen the rest of the way.




Vladimir Tarasenko had a pair of goals and an assist while linemate Paul Stastny had a goal and two assists as the Blues went into Chicago and beat the Blackhawks 5-2.


The game was closer than the score indicates as St. Louis scored twice into the empty net.


Richard Panik put Chicago up 1-0 in the first on a power play goal but Kevin Shattenkirk tied things up in the second before Ryan Hartman scored his first NHL goal to give the Blackhawks the last lead they would have on Wednesday night.


But Tarasenko tied it with 42 seconds left in the second period while Stastny scored 55 seconds into the third with the eventual game winner.


Tarasenko and Scottie Upshall scored into the empty net although the Blackhawks’ Brent Seabrook actually put the puck into his own net with Upshall getting credit for the marker.


Jake Allen stopped 17 shots for the win while Corey Crawford stopped all 19 even strength shots but gave up three power play goals on 13 shots in taking the loss.




The Oilers opened up their new arena in an old fashioned barn burner as it looked like the Oilers-Flames games in the 1980’s with Edmonton prevailing 7-4.


Connor McDavid scored twice and assisted on another as he tried to keep pace with his counterpart who was drafted first overall in 2016 (McDavid in case you forgot was the first overall pick in 2015), but fell short.


Jesse Puljujarvi, the fourth overall pick in the 2016, snapped a shot past Brian Elliott to score a power play goal in his NHL debut.


Patrick Maroon, Tyler Pitlick, Jordan Eberle and Zack Kassian also found the back of the net as Elliott was able to stop only 21 of 27 shots in taking his first loss in a Calgary uniform.


Kris Russell, the former Flame, who was inked this past week, picked up a couple of helpers and was a plus-three in his Oilers debut.


Troy Brouwer, Alex Chiasson, Michael Frolik and Dennis Wideman replied for the Flames who scored two shorthanded goals to keep the game close.


Cam Talbot stopped 37 shots for the win as the Oilers will travel to Calgary on Friday in a rematch between the two squads.


The Oilers were down to five defensemen when Brandon Davidson left the game in the second period with an apparent upper body injury. No word on when he will be able to return.



Brent Burns beat Jeff Zatkoff 3:20 into the third period and that gave the Sharks a 2-1 win over Los Angeles. The loss was a costly one for the Kings who lost goaltender Jonathan Quick to a lower-body injury in the first period.


The Kings opened the scoring in the first with Tyler Toffoli taking a nice pass from Anze Kopitar and wristing it on the shortside past Martin Jones. It was the only shot to beat the Sharks netminder as he stopped all 21 even strength shots but allowed a goal on the only power play shot the Kings had.


Quick stopped 14 of 15 shots in the first while Zatkoff gave up one on 16 shots for the loss.


There was no word on the severity of Quick’s injury although GM Dean Lombardi said that he could be out a while.  

Michael Finewax

Michael Finewax is entering his 16th season as the Senior Hockey Writer and Editor for Rotoworld. You can follow him on Twitter @mfinewaxhockey.