Let’s get one thing out of the way.
Mitch Marner was never supposed to be this good, if you talked to some people.
It’s crazy that we’re talking about a 94-point player in his third year in the league, that came into the NHL with doubts about if he could handle the physicality.
But if you watched Marner put up 126 points in his draft year in 63 games and follow it up with 115 in 57, you’d have no surprise that this kid is something special.
And in this round against Boston, he’s been, well, fine. He’s had some huge moments these playoffs, and got things going early with a two-goal Game 1.
Of course, you remember this, the Leafs’ opening goal of the playoffs.
and this, the penalty shot goal that gave the Leafs a lead they’d never lose.
A Game 1 win on the road, in Boston orchestrated by a 21-year old winger? Is this real life?
Game 2 mostly everyone had a rough night, but Marner came back flying in Game 3. A beautiful secondary assist to Andreas Johnnson to set up Auston Mattthews’ first of the playoffs…
… and some great defensive work at the end that’ …
Author: Adam Laskaris / The Leafs Nation