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Marner ties Leafs franchise-record point streak

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mitchell Marner extended his career-long point streak to 18 games on Wednesday while tying a franchise record.

The winger scored an empty-net goal late in the third period of Toronto’s 3-1 win over the San Jose Sharks to continue his run. It’s the longest active streak in the NHL this season and started in an overtime loss to the Sharks on Oct. 27.

Marner joined Darryl Sittler (in 1977-78) and Eddie Olczyk (1989-90) as the only Leafs to hit that 18-game mark.

After a comparatively slow start to the season — with only five points in his first seven games — Marner exploded into a dominant threat for the Leafs. He now has collected at least one point in 23 of 25 contests, while producing eight goals and a team-leading 22 assists. That also ties Marner for the fourth-most helpers in the NHL so far.

The 25-year-old has been an effective playmaker since entering the league in 2016-17, gathering more than twice as many assists as goals in nearly every season to date. According to Stathletes, Marner leads the NHL this season in passes to the slot (3.62 per game), which has helped him consistently tee up teammates.

Marner has made a point of praising those around him throughout this month-long stretch. After he scored on Monday in Detroit to put his streak at 17 games, Marner was quick to note such success doesn’t happen in a vacuum.

“It’s a cool thing but nothing’s every achievable by yourself,” he said. “It’s always kudos to your teammates and it’s always a lot of love to those guys in making plays and finding me in open ice.”

Beyond just playing a pivotal role for Toronto at 5-on-5, Marner is a key piece of the Leafs’ top power play and penalty kill units. The workhorse leads all Toronto forwards in average ice time (21:29) and shorthanded ice time (2:20).

Marner has a chance to stand alone with the Leafs’ point-streak record when Toronto faces Tampa on Saturday.

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