Mitch Marner put his offensive instincts to good use during Thursday’s game against the Florida Panthers.
With the score tied at 2-2 and around 4 minutes remaining in the 2nd period, the Toronto Maple Leafs entered the offensive zone looking to strike. Following a few quick passes, Marner took control of the puck on the left side of the net, but wasn’t in a good position to shoot.
Instead of shooting towards the net, Marner moved the puck from his left side to his right and sent a quick pass over to Tyler Bozak. The streaking Bozak was able to one-time the puck past Roberto Luongo to give the Leafs a 3-2 lead. The play turned out to be the game-winner for Toronto, as they went on to beat the Panthers on Thursday night by that same score.
My goodness, this Mitch Marner pass to Tyler Bozak on the 3-2 go-ahead goal. He's unreal already. pic.twitter.com/HkDWFyj45f
— Jeff Veillette (@JeffVeillette) October 28, 2016
Marner, 19, is off to a great start to his NHL career while showing flashes of his immense potential. As of October 28, the centreman has a goal, 5 assists (including 3 in this match), and 6 points in just 7 games played. Despite a small frame of 6-foot-0 and 170 pounds, Marner’s speed, offensive and defensive abilities make him an important piece of the Leafs’ talented young core.
With the win, the Leafs improve their record to 2-2-3, leaving them 6th in the Atlantic Division. The Leafs will get a day off before taking on the NHL-leading Montreal Canadiens on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. EST.
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