Leafs’ Marner pushes NHL’s longest active point streak to 19 games

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mitch Marner set a new franchise record by extending his scoring streak to 19 games Saturday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The winger scored a shorthanded goal against the Lightning early in the second half to set his milestone and give Toronto a 1-0 lead. His streak began with the Maple Leafs’ overtime loss to the San Jose Sharks on October 27. It’s the longest active streak in the NHL. Marner previously matched the 18-game mark set by Darryl Sittler (1977-78) and Eddie Olczyk (1989-90) with an empty net in Toronto’s win against the Sharks last Wednesday.

Both Sittler and Olczyk came forward to congratulate Marner on the achievement. The Toronto native said: “Just cool to have these two legends come forward. … If you had told me that when I was a child [streak] I never would have believed it would happen.”

The 25-year-old has now picked up at least a point in 24 of 26 competitions this season while recording 9 goals and 21 assists that led the team. Marner has eight goals and 24 points in that 19-game streak, tied for fourth most assists in the league.

Toronto’s top-six star has been a dominant playmaker throughout his career, regardless of who he played with in the Leafs’ lineup. Marner’s youngest linemate in Saturday’s record-breaking tilt was Nick Robertson, the brother of Dallas Stars forward Jason, who is hot on Marner’s heels with a 17-game scoring streak of his own.

Aside from Marner’s pivotal role in Toronto’s 5-on-5 win, he’s an integral part of both the Leafs’ special teams. Marner leads all Toronto forwards in average ice time (21:28) and shortened ice time (2:14).

Marner can extend his record further when the Leafs take on the Dallas Stars on Tuesday.

https://www.espn.com/nhl/story/_/id/35175733/leafs-marner-pushes-nhl-longest-active-point-streak-19-games Leafs’ Marner pushes NHL’s longest active point streak to 19 games

Emma Bowman

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