Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mitch Marner broke a franchise record Saturday by recording a point in his 19th consecutive game. Here’s what you need to know:
- Marner scored a shorthanded goal from the slot early in the second period of Saturday’s game against the Lightning to clinch the record.
- With the goal, Marner passes Darryl Sittler and Eddie Olczyk, who achieved 18-game point streaks for Toronto in 1978 and 1990, respectively.
- The 25-year-old leads the Leafs and ranked 13th in the NHL this season with 29 points entering Saturday.
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The winger sets a new @MapleLeafs team record for the longest point streak at 19 games.
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— The Athletic NHL (@TheAthleticNHL) December 4, 2022
Marner’s streak began with a goal and an assist in an overtime loss to San Jose on Oct. 27, and was kept alive for an 18th straight game Wednesday with an empty-net goal against San Jose. He went on to notch a second goal in the third period of Saturday’s 4-3 loss to Tampa Bay, bringing his point total to 26 across the 19-game stretch.
Marner, the No. 4 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, also owns the longest active point streak in the NHL — with Dallas’ Jason Robertson next at 17 games — and entered Saturday tied for sixth in the NHL with 21 assists this season.
Wayne Gretzky’s 51-game streak has stood as the all-time NHL record since 1984.
Marner’s streak in context
It’s an incredible run. One of the longest in the NHL in the last 30 years. There are only 30 longer streaks in NHL history, period. The only active players with longer streaks in their careers: Patrick Kane, Sidney Crosby and Paul Stastny.
Marner’s streak has been going on now for more than five weeks. And what’s really remarkable is that it started when Marner was still sort of scuffling and not playing like his dominant self. He’s rolling now though and found the scoresheet in every which way, including a shorthanded goal to set the record in Tampa. — Siegel
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