HORNBY: Young stars might challenge Sittler’s record

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Lance Hornby

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Feb 07, 2021 1 day ago 3 minute read

Darryl Sittler holds the NHL record for the majority of points in a video game with 10. Picture by Dave Abel/ Toronto Sun

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Darryl Sittler is still waiting to see if the stars ever align once again for someone to match or beat his record 10- point video game.

And with the 45 th anniversary of his six goals and 4 assists versus Boston on Sunday, he figures two young Maple Leaf stars are excellent candidates as anyone to do it right at Scotiabank Arena. Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner are signed here for a couple of years and recently reaching their peak powers. This year, with one-sided video games already prevalent through the wacky schedule of the North Division, Sittler may wish to keep his phone charged for a blitz of media calls, possibly a couple of from Edmonton.

” Great deals of times I talk with people (about the record) and I mention those two Leafs,” Sittler informed the Toronto Sun on Saturday, before the duo helped beat up the Canucks 5-1. “And there’s Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid. They’re rather a combination, too. Draisaitl simply got 6 the other night (against Ottawa) didn’t he?

” It’s a possibility with all that firepower with all those men. Everything goes right for you one night and who understands? They’re all fun players to view and so is this entire Canadian department. The truth is that very seldom are 10 goals scored in one video game by a group, but it can happen. Never ever state never ever.”

Sittler, now 71 and a Leafs business ambassador, has actually seen Matthews and Marner come a long method given that draft day, both now alternate captains.

” I notice both of them have actually (matured) therefore has the group’s total play. We seem a little better without the puck, thinking more, not practically offense, however securing the puck. Mitch obviously has lots of ability and skill, sees the ice well and makes a lot of great plays.

TAKING THE BAGEL AWAY

Frederik Andersen was within 2 minutes and four seconds of blanking Vancouver when Brock Boeser scored on Vancouver’s 3rd power play of the last duration.

While Andersen was diplomatic and said the win was more important than a personal stat, coach Sheldon Keefe wondered if the officials were looking too difficult for Toronto charges at the end and lamented it cost his goaltender the nothing, It would have been his first of the season and 14 th as a Leaf.

ONE FINE FINN

Defenceman Mikko Lehtonen took advantage of his start in location of Travis Dermott, who suffered a charley horse injury on Thursday. Lehtonen was a plus three, a two-assist night with a dandy dish on Zach Hyman’s goal.

Lehtonen stated he made the most of a couple of days dealing with Leaf skills’ coaches on breakouts and “little things in my game.”

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SCHOOL OF DIFFICULT ‘NUCKS

Canucks head coach Travis Green didn’t sit still after his team’s uneven loss on Thursday. Loui Eriksson and Justin Bailey played their first games Saturday, wih Jake Virtanen getting bumped and Zack MacEwen remaining once again. The season’s forecasted initially line was brought back, J.T. Miller, Elias Pettersson and Boeser.

The coach was worried about his Canucks being “a half step” behind the Leafs, however they have actually lost 4 straight.

” I’m not a big believer in parking things and carrying on,” Green stated previously Saturday of just flushing Thursday’s video. “As coach, you need to step back, find some points that will assist your group.”

Pettersson said he recognized his line’s defensive lapses that led to them being separated and mentioned himself for a lot of “one and done’ rushes. On Saturday, he had an open internet among some other close calls for the line prior to the power play strike.

LOOSE LEAFS

Toronto successfully challenged Miller’s goal, explaining an offside on the other side of the ice. That would have made it just 3-1 getting in the last duration … Fitness instructor Brian Papineau need to have been hectic with his needle and thread the previous couple of days. The questionable third ‘Retro’ jerseys had actually a more defined grey/silver outline in their 2nd look, making the numbers simpler to decipher. The Leafs have two more video games wearing them per the NHL agreement with adidas sportswear … The Leafs have a day of rest on Sunday to watch the Super Bowl, and captain John Tavares can’t help but appreciate Tom Brady. “He’s someone a lot of athletes look up to. His longevity, his commitment, enthusiasm for the game and how he’s had the ability to do it and fine tune at the greatest level, with being a dad, having a family, balance a life and look after himself (physically at age 43).”

lhornby@postmedia.com

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