On Wednesday night, the Toronto Maple Leafs, who are now unblemished, defeated the San Jose Sharks 3-1 at home. Even more on fire than the Maple Leafs collectively is forward Mitch Marner, who had a hand in the victory over San Jose thanks to his insurance goal in the third period that allowed him to maintain his winning run.
According to Toronto’s PR, Marner has now scored at least one point in 18 straight games for the Maple Leafs, putting him one point shy from tying the franchise mark presently held by Darryl Sittler and Eddie Olczyk.
Mitch Marner now has 18 straight games with a point, which ties him with Eddie Olczyk (Dec. 2, 1989–Jan. 8, 1990) and Darryl Sittler (Jan. 26, 1978–Mar. 8, 1978) for the longest point run in Maple Leaf’s history.
As he had no points in the first two quarters, Marner was on the verge of breaking his streak of 17 games. Fortunately for him, with fewer than two minutes left in regulation, the Sharks made the decision to yank the goalkeeper in the hopes that having an extra attacker would help them score a game-tying goal. But Marner’s empty-net goal sealed the victory for Toronto as the Maple Leafs made sure to deny the Sharks of that opportunity.
The Maple Leafs have moved to 15-5-1 with the victory. Prior to returning to the ice on Saturday against the Tampa Bay Lightning on the road, they will have two full days off. Marner will have at least three periods to register that record-breaking point.