Matthews looking forward to home opener after historic NHL debut

Elliott is with Calgary now, but at least some of those themes carried over as the Blues beat the Blackhawks 5-2 to open the 2016-17 season.

Matthews scored on his first three shots of the game.

The fourth goal followed a give-and-go with William Nylander.

After McDavid's goals, Puljujarvi scored 9 minutes into the third on a power play.

Couture's line, with newcomer Mikkel Boedker and improving second-year forward Joonas Donskoi, was the Sharks' best of the night, and helped generate the game-winning goal.

Jones quietly made 21 saves in net, although he was rarely tested. "But this one will be one that he'll remember for a long time". Alex Chiasson had a first-period score for the Flames. "[The Kings] came ready to play and to try and send a message that the playoffs a year ago wasn't something that they were happy about".

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Matthews, 19, certainly has the early pedigree - he led Team USA in goals (six) and tied for the lead in points (nine) at the world championship in May.

Matthews was in their fantasy hockey lineups and a big game would sure be nice, they said. The Score reports that the 19-year-old American's parents were in the stands for the game against the Ottawa Senators.

"We made mistakes, but not any (too) terrible that you can't fix", Babcock said. St. Louis exploited a lengthy 5-on-3 situation in the end of the second period and beginning of the third, managing the tying and then decisive goals on the PP. After the debut he had, they will gladly flex in Matthews over the Sprint Cup Series: Hollywood Casino 400, Final Practice, which is what was scheduled to air in that time slot. "If he had just driven the net like most guys do I don't think it would've worked".

Brian and Ema Matthews still had watery eyes after the game.

"That moment Auston Matthews gets 4 in 1st career game, causing you to reflect on your National Hockey League career wondering if you even got 4 in practice", wrote retired defenseman Aaron Ward.

  • Lawrence Cooper