Auston Matthews strikes fear into Roberto Luongo as NHL takes notice

Auston Matthews made history Wednesday night by becoming the first player in the modern era to score four goals in his NHL debut. Naturally, his performance set Twitter on fire with love for the Toronto Maple Leafs rookie.

Leafs rookie's performance makes jaws drop, sets Twitter on fire

Toronto Maple Leafs rookie Auston Matthews celebrates his first of four goals in his NHL debut Wednesday against the Senators in Ottawa. (Andre Ringuette/Getty Images)

Toronto Maple Leaf fans were excited after top draft pick Auston Matthews scored his first goal on opening night of the NHL's 100th anniversary season.

After netting three more goals and cementing his place in NHL history — well, that was enough to break the internet. 

It seemed everyone became a Leafs fan Wednesday night. 

Among those taking notice of the accomplishment of the league's top draft pick were current NHL superstars, including Florida Panthers' Roberto Luongo (his Twitter handle is Strombone), who joked he'd rather have teammate James Reimer, a former Leaf, do netminding duties when playing Toronto.

Some former players also took a few fun shots. 

Like the 19-year-old's game, the memes were also on fire.

Even though the night resulted in a 5-4 overtime loss for Toronto, Matthews and Leafs fans enjoyed a night they'll never forget.

How do you know it's real? Well, his Wikipedia page has already been updated, and it doesn't get much more official than that.


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