DETROIT — Mitch Marner continues to "buzz".
The Toronto Maple Leafs extended his point streak to a career-high 17 games after scoring a goal at the 52-second mark of the second period.
Mark Giordano found a trailing Marner who cut across the blue line before snapping the puck past Detroit Red Wings goaltender Ville Husso.
"I saw their two guys going for a change and wanted the puck back pretty badly from Gio,” Marner said of the play. “I was screaming pretty loud and great vision by him to slow up, bring people to him and give it to me. I tried to come in with speed, go lateral and get it to the net quickly"
The goal was Marner's seventh of the season and the 25-year-old has scored in his third consecutive game. He was one of four different goal scorers in a 4-2 victory against the Red Wings.
Although Marner moved into sole possession of third place of Maple Leafs' record for consecutive games with at least one point and the Thornhill, Ontario native is just one game away from matching the record of 18 shared by Darryl Sittler (1977-78) and Ed Olczyk (1889-90), he was apprehensive about talking about his individual accomplishment.
“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.”
In 24 regular season games this season, Marner has recorded at least each one with the exception of two.
He has a chance to tie the franchise record at home on Wednesday when the Maple Leafs on Wednesday when his team hosts the San Jose Sharks.
Auston Matthews, William Nylander and Rasmus Sandin had Toronto’s other goals and goaltender Matt Murray had to be sharp with a 42-save performance to extend Toronto’s winning streak to four games.
Detroit held the advantage in terms of possession with 59 percent of the expected-goals according to NaturalStatTrick.com, but Toronto was aided by good goaltending from Murray and the defense helped keep Detroit’s high-danger scoring to a minimum.
"Detroit came at us hard and made life hard on us to get out of our zone in particular, but our goaltending was outstanding again, as it has been all trip,” Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe said. “We defended way too much, but especially in periods two and three, we did not give up the big chance."
Matthews has even-strength goals in back-to-back games for the first time this season. Sandin scored his first goal of the season. And like Marner, Nylander is also on a three-game goal streak.