Marner sets up Rielly with perfect backhand saucer pass (Video)

Mitch Marner sets up Morgan Rielly (NHL.com)

Mitch Marner put on quite the show against the Bruins Monday night.

The Maple Leafs rookie made a pair of highlight-reel plays leading to Morgan Rielly’s first-period goal. He started the sequence by taking a pass from James van Riemsdyk and spinning off Ryan Spooner in front only to be denied by the toe of Tuukka Rask.

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Seconds later, Marner picked up a loose puck and flicked a ridiculous backhand saucer pass to a streaking Rielly, who beat Rask to tie the game 1-1.

Rielly goal pic.twitter.com/767jcpjvWW

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Marner came close to making more magic in the second period, using his agility to buy himself time and draw in a pair of defenders before dishing off to van Riemsdyk, who set up Matt Hunwick for a glorious scoring chance.

He was up to his old tricks (new tricks?) again in the third, beating the slightly larger Zdeno Chara in a puck battle and setting up van Riemsdyk with a spinning backhand pass that he fired wide.

With his helper on Rielly’s goal, Marner increased his freshman-leading assist total to 39, one back of the Maple Leafs rookie record held by Gus Bodnar, who tallied 40 points during his inaugural 1943-44 season.

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