Marner ties franchise home point streak record, Leafs down Preds 2-1

Josh Marano
FiredUp Network Sports Writer


Wednesday, January 11, 2023

On a night that saw no Auston Matthews for the Toronto Maple Leafs due to an undisclosed injury, they were still able to take down the Nashville Predators 2-1 and snap their four-game win streak thanks to some late game heroics.


Matt Murray made his second consecutive start for the first time in four games and grabbed another win to improve to 11-4-2. He has also allowed two or less goals in three of his last four contests. He stopped 32 of 33 shots.


Juuse Saros of the Predators had a solid game himself stopping 33 shots.


Following a miraculous save by Murray in the first period, John Tavares opened the scoring with his 20th of the year of a dish from William Nylander. The goal also gave him his 11th first period tally.


Filip Forsberg tied the game just under two minutes into the second period and the game would stay locked at one’s until the end of the third.


With the Leafs on the powerplay due to Morgan Rielly drawing blood after a successful kill of their own, it was the magic man Mitch Marner who scored the goal and extended his home point streak to eighteen games, tying Darryl Sittler for the franchise record. It was another insane feed from Nylander finding Marner on the near side of the rink who had an empty net to shoot at with Saros down. 


With only 1:15 remaining in the game, Murray shut the door giving the Leafs their third straight win and improving their home record to 15-3-4.


Ahead of their game Thursday, the Leafs hold sole possession of second in the NHL with a record of 26-9-7, good for 59 points, just nine back of the Boston Bruins for the league lead.


Marner will also have to wait a week for a chance to break the franchise record as they embark on a two-game road trip, stopping in Detroit tomorrow and Boston on Saturday.


TOR Scoring: Tavares (20), Marner PP (16)


NSH Scoring: Forsberg (17)