Marner’s 22-point streak (five goals, 17 assists) is the longest in the NHL this season. Only Darrell Sittler (18 games in 1977-78) and Eddie Olczyk (18 games in 1989-90) have had longer streaks in Toronto history.
“I think it’s great, but we’re trying to get wins as a hockey team,” said Marner. “We’re trying to do something special. We’re just trying to collect profits and do our job. I’m just trying to go out and fight.”
Austin Mathews He had a goal and two assists, William Nylander Save and Eric Calgren He made 25 saves for the Maple Leafs (13-5-5), who won the first three of their four-game road trip and extended their score streak to eight games (6-0-2).
Sidney Crosby He got help and Casey Desmith He made 37 saves for the Penguins (11-8-3), who won five in a row.
“We were outdone,” said Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan. “They outplayed us. I think Toronto played hard. You have to give credit to Toronto. They played hard and defended hard. They made us work for our offense. I think we gave them some easy looks.”
Video: Tor @ The Hole: Marner gives the Maple Leafs the first-half lead
Marner gave the Maple Leafs a 1-0 lead on the first shot of the game 40 seconds into the first period. On a line change in Pittsburgh, Marner received a pass from Matthews for a partial breakaway before falling back into a forehand and around Desmith’s left plate.
“We talked recently about a recipe for us here to start well and control the game,” said Toronto coach Sheldon Keefe. “That’s kind of the way the game went the last time we were here (the 5-2 win on November 15). That’s how it went on this trip. That’s what definitely worked for us.”
Pittsburgh led 17-5 at halftime, including 11:04 without even scoring. Richard Raquel A wrist shot with 1:34 left.
“We didn’t have a great start from the start,” said the Penguins defender. Chris Letang He said. “We didn’t push, we didn’t execute, we didn’t have any detail in our game.”
Raquel nearly tied the game at 7:58 of the second period, struggling against a Maple Leafs defender Timothy Lillgren In a backhand drop in a shot Jake Guentzel who snuck through calgreen. However, the play was ruled dead because the referee lost the puck, a decision that was upheld after review.
“I felt we didn’t get the start we wanted in this match,” said Raquel. “Maybe there was frustration on our part. We tried to get him back after the first period. It’s an unfortunate rebound.”
VIDEO: TOR @ PIT: Matthews scores his 10th goal of the season at third
Holmberg Bridge He made it 2-0 at 9:55 of the second period, catching a pass from Marner from the corner for a wrist shot from the hole.
Nylander made it 3-0 at 10:50 with a holeshot from a pass by Matthews.
It was Nylander’s 149th goal in the NHL, passing Hall of Fame defenseman Bourget Salming for the 30th in Maple Leafs history. Salming, who hailed from Sweden and played 1,099 games with Toronto, died Thursday after a brief battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
Raquel made it 3-1 with a wrist shot near the right post at 11:38 of the third period.
Matthews made it 4-1 at 14:36 with a turnover hole on a pass from Michael Buntingwho made the play for his part after he fell onto the ice.
“They’re a good team, of course. They’ve been playing really well lately,” Matthews said. “So I think we knew it was going to be a big challenge for us tonight. … limit of the best players. Try to hold them back. They’re obviously going to look their way, they’re pretty good at not doing that, but I thought our whole game was really strong. ».
Notes: Marner extended his streak to eight games (four goals, six assists), tying his NHL-high in 2021-22. … Matthews has 200 goals on the power, becoming the seventh player in Toronto history to score. It is also associated with Alex Ovechkin The Washington Capitals have the most in the NHL since Matthews debuted in 2015-16. … DeSmith started for the first time since being assessed an upper body injury after making 29 saves in a 5-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday.