Tavares hits multiple milestones with 4-goal outing vs. Panthers
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John Tavares had himself quite a night versus the Florida Panthers on Monday.

The Toronto Maple Leafs superstar registered the first four-goal game of his career and reached several impressive milestones in the process.

His dominant effort in the Leafs' 7-5 win pushed him to 45 tallies on the season, good for second in the NHL. It's also a franchise record for most goals by a player in his first season with the Maple Leafs, according to NHL Public Relations.

"It's obviously nice to get rewarded like that, it's always a good feeling," Tavares said postgame. "But you know, I think we still feel we can be a little better with some of the opportunities we gave up and eventually went in our net.

"All in all, obviously, I think mostly it was a good night and we'll build on the good stuff."

Toronto's marquee offseason addition also established a new record for goals scored by a former unrestricted free agent in his debut season with a new team, according to Sportsnet's JD Bunkis. Marian Gaborik, the previous record-holder, scored 42 goals in 2009-10 after signing as a UFA with the New York Rangers.

Tavares' 45 goals this season are the most by a Maple Leafs player since Dave Andreychuk in 1993-94 (53). He's also matched his career high in points at 86 with six games to go.

So far, Tavares' new contract looks like money well spent for Toronto.

Tavares hits multiple milestones with 4-goal outing vs. Panthers
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