Pass­ing fancy

The Province - - SPORTS | HOCKEY -

So, Nazem Kadri, who passed the puck bet­ter, you or Mitch Marner?

Marner found Kadri at the back door through a group of play­ers, set­ting up Kadri for his third goal of the game on Wed­nes­day; ear­lier, Kadri feath­ered a back­hand pass to Marner for what was the win­ner in a 6-3 Leafs win against Colum­bus.

“They were both up there,” Kadri said, grin­ning. “They were both great passes. I just tried to linger on the third goal and fig­ured Mitch was go­ing to throw it. He has eyes in the back of his head.”

It wasn’t a no-look pass on the part of Marner, but that did not take away from the beauty of it.

“I saw Naz back door and I was lucky enough that it got through,” Marner said.

— Terry Koshan

VERON­ICA HENRI/TORONTO SUN

Maple Leafs’ Nazem Kadri cel­e­brates af­ter scor­ing his third goal of the game last night at the ACC to help beat the Colum­bus Blue Jack­ets 6-3.

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