Marner extends level shuffle to 16, Maple Leafs chilly off Penguins

Marner extends level shuffle to 16, Maple Leafs chilly off Penguins

PITTSBURGH — Mitchell Marner had a procedure and an assist to extend his level shuffle to 16 games, helping the Toronto Maple Leafs defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 at PPG Paints Enviornment on Saturday.

Marner has 22 aspects (5 targets, 17 assists) right by the shuffle, which is the longest in the NHL this season. Very most life like Darryl Sittler (18 games in 1977-78) and Eddie Olczyk (18 games in 1989-90) hold had a longer shuffle in Toronto historic past.

“I bet it’s chilly, but we’re attempting to salvage wins as a hockey group,” Marner acknowledged. “We’re attempting to full one thing special. We’re true attempting to catch wins and shatter our thing. I’m true attempting to exit there and buzz and shatter me.”

Auston Matthews had a procedure and two assists, William Nylander scored, and Erik Kallgren made 25 saves for the Maple Leafs (13-5-5), who hold won the first three of a four-game street outing and prolonged their level shuffle to eight games (6-0-2).

Sidney Crosby had an assist, and Casey DeSmith made 37 saves for the Penguins (11-8-3), who had won 5 in a row.

“We purchased outplayed,” Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan acknowledged. “We true purchased outplayed. I hold Toronto performed annoying. You hold to provide Toronto credit. They performed annoying, they defended annoying. They made us work for our offense. I hold we gave them some straightforward looks.”

Video: [email protected]: Marner offers Maple Leafs lead in 1st duration

Marner gave the Maple Leafs a 1-0 lead on the first shot of the game 40 seconds into the first duration. At some level of a Pittsburgh line change, Marner purchased a pass from Matthews for a partial breakaway earlier than going backhand to forehand and round the left pad of DeSmith.

“We talked about how the recipe for us here of dreary has been to salvage off to true starts, motivate an eye fixed on the game,” Toronto coach Sheldon Keefe acknowledged. “That is variety of the model the game went the final time we were in here (a 5-2 rob on Nov. 15). It’s the model it has been on this outing. That space us up for success, clearly.”

Pittsburgh used to be outshot 17-5 in the first, at the side of going 11: 04 without one on procedure till Rickard Rakell had a wrist shot with 1: 34 remaining.

“We didn’t hold an actual first true from the salvage-trot,” Penguins defenseman Kris Letang acknowledged. “We didn’t alter to stress, we didn’t place, we didn’t hold any particulars in our game.”

Rakell practically tied it at 7: 58 of the 2d duration, combating off Maple Leafs defenseman Timothy Liljegren in the crease to backhand in a shot from Jake Guentzel that trickled by Kallgren. Nevertheless, the play used to be deemed ineffective for the reason that referee misplaced survey of the puck, a ruling that used to be upheld following a review.

“I felt adore we didn’t hold the open up that we wanted in this game,” Rakell acknowledged. “Presumably there used to be some frustration on our share. We tried to salvage motivate to it after the first duration. It’s some dreadful bounces.”

Video: [email protected]: Matthews nets 10th procedure of season in third

Pontus Holmberg made it 2-0 at 9: 55 of the 2d duration, taking a pass from Marner out of the nook for a wrist shot from the slot.

Nylander prolonged it to three-0 at 10: 50 with a one-timer from the slot off a pass from Matthews.

The procedure used to be Nylander’s 149th in the NHL, passing Corridor of Status defenseman Borje Salming for 30th in Maple Leafs historic past. Salming, who used to be from Sweden and performed 1,099 games for Toronto, died on Thursday following a short fight with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Rakell lower it to three-1 with a wrist shot end to the true put up at 11: 38 of the third duration.

Matthews made it 4-1 at 14: 36 with a spinning shot from the slot off a pass from Michael Bunting, who made the play from his facet after falling to the ice.

“It is an actual group over there, clearly. They’ve been playing in actuality successfully no longer too prolonged up to now,” Matthews acknowledged. “So I hold we knew it used to be going to be a somewhat big arena for us tonight. … Exiguous their simplest guys. Attempt to limit them. Clearly, they’ll salvage their looks, they’re too true no longer to, but I true thought (our) all-round game used to be true in actuality come by.”

NOTES: Marner prolonged his street level shuffle to eight games (four targets, six assists), tying an NHL occupation high he space in 2021-22. … Matthews has 200 even-energy targets, turning into the seventh participant in Toronto historic past to reach the designate. It is also tied with Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals for the most in the NHL since Matthews’ made his debut in 2015-16. … DeSmith started for the first time since being evaluated for an higher-physique smash after making 29 saves in a 5-3 rob in opposition to the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday.