After the 4-1 Toronto Maple Leafs’ victory Thursday night over the Vancouver Canucks, Mitch Marner was named the game’s first star after scoring a goal and an assist. His line partner Auston Matthews was named the game’s second star after scoring his NHL-leading 36th goal of the season.
Both Matthews and Marner Are Among the Leaders in the NHL Scoring Race
Currently, Marner is third in NHL scoring with 62 points. Matthews is tied for sixth with 60 points. The 23-year-old Matthews hit the 60-point mark for a fifth straight season. In fact, he’s scored 60 points every season he’s played in the NHL since he was chosen first overall at the 2016 draft.
After the game, Matthews was quoted as saying that he’s ”pretty fortunate to play with some pretty good players. Myself and Mitchy, our chemistry’s grown quite a bit. He’s an unbelievable player. I don’t think he gets enough credit for what he’s able to do out there. He’s a special talent.”
Matthews is having an incredible season, and much has to do with the set ups that he’s been getting from his line partner. The video below shows Matthews scoring his 36th goal of the season on a one-timer after a perfect assist from Marner.
Matthews and Marner Are Going to Be Great for a Long Time
Marner not only had the primary assist on the Matthews’ goal in the video, but he also scored the final goal of the game with less than a minute remaining. The 23-year-old Maple Leafs winger is on a hot streak and has scored eight points during his last five games. He’s now scored 18 goals 44 assists (for 62 points) in 50 games this season.
Matthews is running away in the race for the Rocket Richard trophy this season. He’s now scored 36 goals and 60 points in 46 games this season. Matthews is now the best goal-scorer in the game and should be for the next few years. For his part, Marner is one of the elite wingers in the NHL and should be for a long time.
This is a partnership that benefits both players and their team – can it push the Maple Leafs towards a strong Stanley Cup run? We will soon see, there are only six games remaining in the 2020-21 regular season.
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