With his 70th career Stanley Cup Playoff goal last night against the Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs forward Patrick Marleau has tied legendary Hall of Famer Steve Yzerman for 16th all-time in playoff goals.
NHL Public Relations: Patrick Marleau of the @MapleLeafs scored his 69th and 70th career playoff goals to pass Gordie Howe (68) and move into a tie with Steve Yzerman for 16th place on the NHL’s all-time list. #NHLStats #StanleyCup
In case you missed it, Marleau’s 70th, his second of the game, gave the Leafs a 4-2 lead over the Bruins last night and proved to be the back breaker in an extremely exciting game. The huge win pulled the Leafs back into a series that they still trail two games to one, but were it not for the 38 year old veteran’s heroics things could be looking much worse for Leafs Nation.
Here’s the perfect snipe that put the Leafs up 4-2:
What a perfectly placed shot. The veteran doesn’t load it up and try to fire it through Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask… he just picks his spot and puts it there. That’s a veteran goal scorer.
In fact, it’s so nice that we have to see it twice… but this time with Leafs radio announcer Joe Bowen:
As it turns out, Marleau’s night last night turned out to be historic for another reason.
Sporstnet Stats: Patrick Marleau is the oldest player in #Leafs history to score a playoff goal (38 years, 213 days)
Record was previously held by Norm Ullman (38 years, 109 days) on April 14, 1974.
Incredible. What a night for the veteran. This is exactly what management planned for and what fans hoped for when he signed a huge three year, $18.75 million contract on the second day of free agency this past offseason. While the dollars and term raised a few eyebrows at the time, it's hard to argue that the Leafs haven't gotten back value, at least in the short term, on Marleau's deal. Here's hoping that he can keep up his high level of play throughout the post season.