Marner’s 4-point effort leads Leafs’ 7-1 rout of Sharks and extends winning streak

Mitch Marner had two goals and two assists as the Toronto Maple Leafs earned a convincing fourth straight victory, 7-1 over the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday.

Morgan Rielly, Auston Matthews, Pontus Holmberg, Jake McCabe and Nick Robertson also scored for Toronto (21-10-7), which snapped a three-game losing streak at home.

Martin Jones made 22 saves in front of 18,364 people at Scotiabank Arena.

William Nylander contributed three assists, McCabe had two and Rielly added one as well.

Henry Thrun had the lone scorer for San Jose (9-29-3), whose losing streak extended to 12 games.

Kaapo Kahkonen allowed four goals on 20 shots, while Mackenzie Blackwood stopped 22 of 25 shots in relief.

Rielly opened the scoring with 3:12 left in the first half. William Nylander had two defenders on him at the blue line, but he managed a pass to an open Rielly in the slot and shot over Kahkonen’s right shoulder.

Matthews doubled the lead 34 seconds later on the power play. He finished a nice give-and-take play with Marner, launching a one-timer over Kahkonen’s right shoulder from the right faceoff circle.

Marner joined the party 54 seconds into the second half. As Mario Ferraro pushed him away from the net, Marner was able to finish off a McCabe shot.

Holmberg made it 4-0 just over a minute later. Bobby McMann threw him into the offensive zone and, while holding off Kyle Burroughs with his left arm, Holmberg beat Kahkonen with a shot using only his right arm.

Kahkonen was pulled immediately afterward and replaced by Blackwood with 17:54 left in the frame.

Thrun got the Sharks on the board 7:21 into the second on the power play. He redirected Mikael Granlund’s shot from the right faceoff circle while he was in the slot.

McCabe overcame Toronto’s lead at 1:27 of the third period. He one-timed a backhand shot from Marner.

Marner scored his second goal four minutes into the frame on the power play. He tipped a loose puck after John Tavares attempted to tip a Rielly shot in front.

Robertson increased the lead at 5:54 on the power play. Matthew Knies found him in the right faceoff circle after taking a missed shot behind the net and Robertson fired past Blackwood.

ROAD BOUNCE

The Leafs finished 2023 on a rough note, losing three straight games. The losing streak saw forward David Kampf benched for the last of three and goalkeeper Ilya Samsonov resigned, having struggled for much of the season.

Toronto outscored its three previous opponents 9-2 entering Tuesday’s action, with wins in Los Angeles, Anaheim and San Jose. Jones was named the NHL’s second star of the week, with a 3-0 record, a .976 save percentage and a shutout during the stretch.

UNTIL NEXT TIME


Maple Leafs: Head to New York to play the Islanders on Thursday.


sharks: Travel to Montreal to face the Canadiens on Thursday.


This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 9, 2023.

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