Matt Martin has wildly improbable career night for Leafs

Matt Martin had himself a night on Saturday against the St. Louis Blues. (Getty Images)

Matt Martin’s role on the Toronto Maple Leafs is not to create offence. He’s not a goon in the traditional sense, but he earns his ice time by bringing a physical element.

On Saturday night he brought something else. In a 6-4 loss to the St. Louis Blues, Martin had an extremely improbable career game, producing three assists for his first three-point night in 534 tries.

To put his three-helper game in perspective he managed four all of last season despite playing 82 games. He’s never had a double-digit assist season.

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Making the whole performance even more bizarre was the quality of the assists. Here they are in order on goals by Andreas Borgman once and Tyler Bozak twice.

The middle effort was a second assist – although one where he played an important role in the play – but the other two are nice cross-ice feeds that weren’t easy.

Not a bad night’s work in only 8:38 on the ice.

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