The Toronto Maple Leafs took out a surprisingly resilient Arizona Coyotes team Thursday night by a score of 7 to 4, but the game was highlighted by a remarkable performance by 38-year-old Patrick Marleau.
He netted 2 goals and 1 assist for 3 points on the night, becoming the oldest player to do so since 1980, as stated above.
Marleau has slowed down a bit year after year, but this year that natural progression may halt, as he is on pace to slightly best last season's 46 points by one. His 22 points in 38 games puts him on pace to hit 47 this season, after having his points drop for 3 consecutive seasons.
He has his place in Toronto, and it seems to have breathed some new life into the veteran.