Marner extends point streak to 16, Leafs win 4-1 over Penguins
FiredUp Network Sports Writer
Saturday, November 26, 2022
It has been a quiet month if you follow the Toronto Maple Leafs. Yes, this was a joke about the media because the team can’t seem to do anything wrong.
The Toronto Maple Leafs are the streak snappers as of late, stopping the Pittsburgh Penguins five game win streak with a big 4-1 win on the road.
In November, the Buds are 9-1-3, winning three straight on their current run. The one regulation loss came against the Penguins 4-2. They are also 5-0 on the road in the month.
Erik Kallgren stopped 25 shots for maybe his best performance since a 29 save win against the Carolina Hurricanes earlier in the month.
Mitch Marner opened the scoring for the second straight game extending his point streak to 16 games. He scored just 40 seconds into the contest after Auston Matthews sprung him on a breakaway and he shook netminder Casey DeSmith with a backhand forehand move.
Marner added an assist in this one giving him five goals and 22 points during his run.
Pontus Holmberg scored his second of the season to put the Buds up 2-0 mid-way through the second. Marner stole the puck off veteran Kris Letang and fed it to a wide-open Holmberg who ripped it.
William Nylander scored his 12th of the season almost exactly one minute later. The puck seemed to be following Matthews who assisted on the goal after a loose puck battle behind the Pittsburgh cage popped out to him and he fed it to an all alone Nylander in front. Leafs led 3-0 through two.
The only one to beat Kallgren came from Rickard Rakell off an unfortunate bounce in the third. Jake Guentzel looked to send a pass to the middle of the ice, but the puck hit a Leafs defender’s skate popping right to Rakell who snapped it past an unsuspecting Kallgren.
Auston Matthews restored the three-goal lead off a beautiful individual effort from Michael Bunting who made a pass on his stomach, finding Matthews who snapped it home looking like his old self.
Bunting started the play from his own end, going to coast-to-coast. The Pittsburgh defense was almost invisible tonight with all four goals being a one on one with the shooter and the goalie. The Leafs outshot the Pens 41-26.
Matthews became the seventh player in team history to score 200 career even-strength goals.
Marner is tied with Dave Andreychuk (1993-94), Babe Dye (1921-22) and John Anderson (1983-84) for the third longest single season point streak in franchise history. Darryl Sittler (1977-78) and Ed Olczyk (1989-90) share the Leaf’s record at 18 games.
Nylander passed Borje Salming for second most goals by a Swedish player in Maple Leafs’ History at 149. Salming unfortunately passed away Thursday at 71 following a battle with ALS.
The Maple Leafs are back in action Monday in Detroit taking on the Red Wings. They’ll look to go a perfect 6-0 on the road in November .
TOR Scoring: Marner (6), Holmberg (2), Nylander (12), Matthews (10)
PIT Scoring: Rakell (9)