John Tavares started the night by actioning in front of an adoring crowd with a white 'C'-- potentially the most discussed piece of material in hockey-- stitched to his blue sweater.
In a five-minute video launched by the team, the younger Tavares wore a miniature version of his papa's No. 91 jersey with and a 'C' on the left shoulder before head coach Mike Babcock presented him with the real thing.
Matthews quickly went to work just 34 seconds later, taking a slick feed from William Nylander on a 2-on-1 and beating Anderson.
Tkachuk was then whistled for goalie interference with simply over 5 minutes left in the duration, and Matthews made Ottawa pay by burying a one-timer over Anderson's shoulder off an excellent no-look Marner feed.
The crowd at Scotiabank Arena followed that laser by shouting Matthews' name the following shift. The leading pick in the 2016 NHL draft has had a rough stretch after news broke recently that he's dealing with a charge of disorderly conduct and disruptive behaviour originating from a supposed occurrence-- which he failed to divulge to the group-- in his hometown of Scottsdale, Ariz., back in May.
Mikheyev put the video game out of reach at 9:43 of the 3rd when he got enough of a pass from Barrie to beat Anderson upstairs for his first in the NHL.
Ryan got an alleviation goal for Ottawa with 2:15 left in guideline, beating Andersen through the pads from the slot.
Matthews came close to getting his second-career hat technique late into an empty web, however could not quite find the variety in close before getting inspected to the ice.