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American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas Attendance: 18,021
Streaking Mitch Marner leads Leafs into battle with Stars
Toronto Maple Leafs at Dallas Stars
- Toronto has won three straight meetings with Dallas and 15 of the 19 matchups since 2010-11. The Maple Leafs came away with a 3-2 overtime victory in Toronto on October 20 this season, despite converting just one of their eight power-play opportunities.
- Toronto snapped its five-game winning streak but extended its point streak to 11 games with a 4-3 overtime loss at Tampa Bay on Saturday. The Leafs' current 11-game point streak is their longest since a franchise record 16-game run (14-0-1-1) in 2003-04.
- Mitchell Marner extended his goal streak to five games by potting two goals on Saturday, scoring on the power play and while shorthanded. The goal also extended his point streak to 19 games, one game shy of Babe Dye's run of 20 consecutive team games with a point that spanned the final 16 games of the 1921-22 season and the first four of 1922-23.
- Dallas has taken points in 10 of its last 11 games (6-1-4) following Sunday's 6-5 shootout loss to Minnesota, its first loss when scoring at least five goals this season (10-0-1). The Stars rank second in the NHL with 3.92 goals scored per game (Bruins, 3.96).
- Roope Hintz recorded his second career hat trick in Sunday's loss, also adding an assist to match his career high with four points. His third goal also marked his 200th career point, coming in his 263rd game; that's the fastest to 200 points among players to begin their careers with the Stars franchise since Mike Modano got there in 222 games.
- Marner (19 games) and Jason Robertson (18 games) enter riding the two longest point streaks in the league. In the last 30 years, there have only been two other seasons in which two skaters had point streaks of 18+ games -- 2009-10, Corey Perry (19 games) and Steven Stamkos (18); 1992-93, Mats Sundin (30) and Adam Oates (21).
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Mitchell Marner will try to extend his team-record 19-game point streak and help the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs regain their winning form Tuesday night against the Dallas Stars.
Marner set the club record Saturday night with two goals -- the first while Toronto was short-handed -- in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning in the opener of a two-game road trip.
Toronto had won its previous five games.
"It's special growing up to watch this team play hockey and now to have my name in something -- pretty amazing, it's hard to describe," Marner said. "Like I've been saying, it's not a one-man effort out there. It's five men. Great effort by Dave (Kampf) on the first one. A lot of love to my guys for helping me achieve this accomplishment."
Darryl Sittler (1977-78 season) and Eddie Olczyk (1989-90) each had 18-game point streaks for Toronto.
Marner has nine goals and 17 assists during his streak.
"To secure the record, it's great to see," Maple Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe said. "Very well-deserved. He was excellent again (Saturday)."
Keefe wasn't the only one impressed by Marner's feat.
"We're extremely happy for him," Maple Leafs captain John Tavares said. "It would be great to enjoy it in a win, but it deserves the recognition with the history of the Maple Leafs and what that means. For him to put himself alone in that category is pretty special. He has been such a catalyst for us."
The Stars also are coming off a defeat. They overcame a four-goal, third-period deficit before losing 6-5 Sunday in a shootout to the visiting Minnesota Wild.
"I think you've seen this with this group all year, we're never out of a game," Stars coach Pete DeBoer said. "I think there's a confidence in our room that no matter the score, the situation, that we can fight our way back in. Proud of our resiliency."
Dallas erased a three-goal disadvantage to defeat the Chicago Blackhawks 6-4 in regulation on Nov. 23. Two nights later, Jason Robertson scored twice with the goaltender removed for an extra attacker to force overtime against the Winnipeg Jets before losing 5-4.
"It's a good feeling to have a lot of belief in here," Stars defenseman Ryan Suter said. "Everyone believes in each other and knows that that next line can go get us something, either some momentum or a goal."
The Stars are 1-0-1 after two games of a five-game homestand.
"It's 5-1 with 12 minutes left," DeBoer said. "We could be walking out of here with nothing. That's a really critical point, and you can't underestimate the fight in the group."
Dallas is 0-5 in games that have gone to overtime, including a 0-2 record in shootouts.
"I've been in situations like this before, and it becomes a little bit of a mental block. You just need to win one to get it going the other way," DeBoer said. "This is the same group that couldn't lose in overtime or shootout last year down the stretch. We need one to go our way and we won't be talking about it again."
The Maple Leafs also have had trouble winning in overtime, going 1-6 -- losing their last six.
Their only overtime win was a 3-2 decision against Dallas on Oct. 20.
Toronto has recalled forward Semyon Der-Arguchintsev from the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League.
--Field Level Media
Updated December 6, 2022