The Associated Press Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly (44) eludes Carolina Hurricanes left winger Jeff Skinner (53) during the first period of an NHL hockey match in Toronto, Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)
Mitch Marner leads the offence with four points, Maple Leafs down Hurricanes 8-1
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Jeff Skinner is stopped by Frederik Andersen on Dec. 19, 2017 (STAN BEHAL/POSTMEDIA)Interestingly, Marner has eight multi-point games this season, which is tied with Matthews for most on the team. It’s not that Marner is producing poorly overall – it’s just come in fits and starts this year, with his 24 points compiled in just 13 separate games (22 games without a point).Sorry, we could not verify that email address.
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“If you’re a scorer who doesn’t score, it starts weighing on you,” he said. “When you’re a young person, you can’t help it, you have to look at (who is bashing you on social media).”1. These are the games you dream about if you’re a coach. The superstar is out injured, you’re on a three-game losing skid, and your two other young stars are mired in slumps. Suddenly, everything just clicks: Four-point night from slumping Mitch Marner, the slumping Nylander Nylander scores, the slumping Leo Komarov scores, and the slumping Tyler Bozak puts up a four-point night, along with yet another great showing from your starting goalie and a three-for-three day for the struggling power play. Oh, and you rout your old assistant coach’s team 8-1 for the cherry on top, all on the anniversary of the first ever NHL game.
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The Maple Leafs delivered on the promise of an historic “Next Century” game. While van Riemsdyk’s goal was significant from a historical point of view, others were more significant in the here and now, including:Leo Komarov – Nazem Kadri – Connor BrownPatrick Marleau – William Nylander – Zach HymanJames van Riemsdyk – Tyler Bozak – Mitchell MarnerMatt Martin – Dominic Moore – Kasperi KapanenDominic Moore and Derek Ryan on Dec. 19, 2017 (STAN BEHAL/POSTMEDIA)The Maple Leafs faced Carolina in commemorative jerseys with “Arenas,” an early name for the team, on the front.
The defenseman suffered a lower-body injury in Friday’s 3-1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings and is expected to miss a minimum of two weeks. Zaitsev’s injury creates a massive hole on Toronto’s blue line the team might not be capable of filling with anyone currently within their system.
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True to the “next century” theme, kids made up a large portion of the fans in the stands. For many former NHL greats in attendance it was a reminder of where they started.
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right-shot defenceman Roman Polak, who has assumed injured Nikita Zaitsev’s role of killing almost all the penalty minutes. After patiently sitting out 25 days as a healthy scratch—a streak that would’ve continued were Zaitsev healthy—Carrick scored the eighth and final goal of the afternoon. The Leafs are now 14-3-1 with Carrick in the lineup.
Matthews skated on his own on Tuesday morning, the third day in a row he has done so.The team rests in good hands and has the tools to get it done, could this they be the next dynasty?
4. Mitch Marner had the weight of the world lifted after breaking a 15-game goal-scoring slump, and he should probably send the Canes’ penalty-killing unit a bottle of something to say thanks for giving him all the time and space in the world to gain the zone and rip another goal past Darling. It was just what Marner needed and just what the Leafs needed.
The Leafs offence had mustered just four goals in their last four games before exploding against the Hurricanes.
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Peters said he considered removing Darling after the first period.
The past three games were the worst or what felt like the worst stretch from Leafs all season, scoring just three goals and looking sloppy throughout. The absence of Matthews has been a burden, however, this game something clicked.
Connor Carrick played very well last night, but with it being a back-to-back Martin Marincin may get his first taste of NHL action this year. Kasperi Kapanen got in to last night’s game, but he may be, like Carrick, swapped out for Josh Leivo.Sergei BobrovskyJoonas Korpisalo
Along with breaking Marner’s scoring drought and a three-game Leafs losing streak, the game was notable for the resurgence of the entire Toronto offence. The Leafs had scored only four goals in their previous four games.Komarov put Toronto ahead to stay with the team’s first short-handed goal of the season just 2:52 into the first. Komarov kept the puck in transition on a 2-on-1 and beat Darling for his first point since Nov. 28 at Calgary.Tyler Bozak C Prob wed – Illness – 02 / 12 / 17“We want him feeling good about his game and he has been doing a lot of great things for us.”The afternoon “Next Century Game” matchup at Air Canada Centre paid tribute to the matchup on December 19, 1917, in which the Toronto Arenas, who eventually became the Maple Leafs, lost 10-9 to the Montreal Wanderers.
While other Leafs have hit ruts — Nazem Kadri, for example, has gone eight games without recording a point — van Riemsdyk has been a model of consistency, not going more than four games without finding the back of the net.
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