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Marner assists on Tavares goal, with help from Toronto equipment manager

Bobby Hastings helped Maple Leafs forward after his stick broke

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / Staff Writer

Marner, Tavares combine for goal

SJS@TOR: Marner gets new stick, feeds Tavares

Mitch Marner gets a fresh stick from the bench in time to slip a perfect pass to John Tavares, who taps it in for his second goal of the 1st

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Mitchell Marner picked up an assist on John Tavares' goal Wednesday, with some from Toronto Maple Leafs assistant equipment manager Bobby Hastings.

After Marner's stick broke, Hastings quickly provided him a new tool, which he used to set up Tavares' goal late in the first period in Toronto's win against the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday.

"I tried to play it off like it wasn't a broken stick, but [Hastings] knew right away," Marner said. "I've got to ask him what is his favorite drink. That'll be coming to him soon, I'm sure."

Marner's stick splintered when he blocked a shot from Sharks defenseman Brent Burns, but he sped to the bench and grabbed a new one from Hastings, then quickly joined the rush with Tavares and Zach Hyman. Hyman passed to Marner on right wing, who found Tavares for a tap-in goal, his second of the game and 17th of the season, that made it 3-1.

"Everyone contributes," Tavares said. "The contributions on a daily basis [from] everyone that's a part of this organization, it's nice to see it come out in a game like that."

It was the last of Marner's three assists in Toronto's 5-3 win, which boosted his season total to 30. Marner only trails Colorado Avalanche forward Mikko Rantanen, who has 32 assists, for the NHL lead. correspondent Dave McCarthy contributed to this report.

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