Canadian Olympic gold medalist Patrick Marleau of Swift Current, Saskatchewan proved to the hockey world he can still play in the NHL at a high level at age 38 on Monday. In game three of the first round playoff series between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Marleau scored twice in Toronto’s 4-2 win over Boston. With the win, the Maple Leafs still trail the Bruins 2-1 in the best out of seven series.
Marleau’s first goal of the game came at 3:49 of the second period from Mitch Marner of Markham, Ontario and Morgan Rielly of Vancouver, British Columbia. The goal broke a 1-1 tie and came only 43 seconds after Adam McQuaid of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island tied the game for Boston. Marleau then put the Maple Leafs up 4-2 with a goal from Marner and Tomas Plekanec at 16:25 of the third period.
In an interesting statistic, Marleau now has 70 playoff goals. He leads all active players in the National Hockey League in that category. Wayne Gretzky has the record with 122 playoff goals.
In addition to Marleau on Monday, Marner and Reilly also had two points as they each had two assists. Marleau brings a winning attitude to the Maple Leafs. He won a gold medal for Canada at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver and the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.