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Mitch Marner ties points record, red-hot Maple Leafs beat Sharks

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Unless your name is George Armstrong and the year is 1967, an Empty Net goal in Toronto doesn’t usually carry this kind of drama.

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Mitch Marner continued to charm nearly 19,000 fans with just 71 seconds left for a piece of franchise history. After missing one empty net and passing to Michael Bunting who was covered by another, he finally found an open twine to tie Darryl Sitler and Ed Olczyk for an 18-game streak points record. achieved.

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With the score tied at 1-1, Pierre Engvall had a fat Aaron Dell rebound with just 2:27 to play for the winning goal in a 3-1 decision against the San Jose Sharks at Scotiabank Arena. He filled it in, extending the team’s winning streak to five. Setting the stage for Marner’s shot in franchise history.

“It’s a pretty ugly way to get things done,” Marner said of extending the roll, which started in San Jose at the end of October. “But I like them. Every time one of them got one, they were looking at me for an empty net. They help me in many of these streaks.” He did a lot for me.

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β€œTo have my family in the audience, grow up in this city, become a fan of this team, and have my name on it alongside an incredible group of players is a special moment.
“But winning the game is more important.”

Marner’s run seemed over until Engvall’s goal saw Sharks pull away from Dell. His three powers in Toronto were wasted on his play, and his 5-for-5 luck wasn’t great either. Even after Ouston reunited with his Matthews and Bunting, regular linemate Calle Jarnkrok suffered a groin injury in the second period.

With the net empty, he inexplicably looked for Bunting at 2-1, firing wide before Alex Carfoot intercepted Eric Carlson’s pass and finally set him up with a stretch pass.

Matthews was in shock on the bench and his sure-footed companions fluffed the first two chances.

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“It was like: ‘What are we doing? Let’s put it in the net and go home,'” Matthews laughed afterward. It scared me, but I’m very happy with him.”

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Since the Leafs lost in San Jose when the streak began, Marner has scored 7 goals and 17 assists, matching Sittler (1978) and Olchik (1990).

“Did you see me (relieved) on the bench?” said Marner. “I can’t wait to talk to my father. He asks: ‘What were you doing handing over the first one?’ It was a stupid move, I had a lot of ice.

The players gave Marner a water bottle shower in his room after he absorbed the loud applause provided by the fans after the goal.

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Marnermania almost staged Ilya Samsonov’s strong positioning by forcing three breakaways, one save and two Shark misses in the first period. After defending decently in a four-game trip, the Leafs started on a sloppy side and Samsonov had to sharpen up after a knee injury kept him out for about a month.

“It’s a good warm-up for me,” joked the ever-cheerful goalkeeper. “I said to the defense, ‘Thank you, I like it. After[Brad Marchand’s penalty shot injured him]I needed to regain my confidence.’

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Toronto’s first goal in the second period was due to Mac Hollowell’s perseverance. Rather than firing wildly, the rookie defenseman calmed the ricocheting disc and placed the perfect feed for Matthews to score his 12th chip of the season.

But Hollowell also fell victim a few minutes later when he couldn’t tie Logan Couture behind the net enough to prevent a centering pass to Matt Nieto.

The Leafs have one practice off Thursday before a road game in Tampa Bay. It’s the first meeting since the playoff loss last spring, and it’s no different in Dallas.

Jernklok was expected to be sidelined for some time, according to coach Sheldon Keef, so it was important for Nick Robertson to do well in one of his sporadic starts. He at least hopes to get a chance to face his older brother Jason in Dallas on Tuesday.

lhornby@postmedia.com

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