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Tavares didn't know he made Leafs history

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TSN Toronto reporter Mark Masters checks in daily with news and notes on the Maple Leafs. The Leafs and Tampa Bay Lightning skated at Scotiabank Arena ahead of Thursday's game.

John Tavares didn't just get the game winner against his former team in Long Island on Monday, he also made franchise history by notching his 46th goal – a new single-season high for a Maple Leafs centre.

"I didn't know that," Tavares said with a smile. "There's obviously been a tremendous amount of great centremen that have played for the Maple Leafs over the course of its history, so to do something like that is obviously pretty special."

It was Darryl Sittler who previously held the record, scoring 45 in the 1977-78 season.

"Awesome," Tavares said when informed it was Sittler he passed. "Man, that's a pretty good player."

Tavares, who picked up goal No. 47 on Tuesday, is now just three away from becoming the first Leaf since Dave Andreychuk in the 1993-94 season to reach the 50 mark.

"He’s brought to the Leafs what [Ryan] McDonagh’s brought to us," observed Lightning coach Jon Cooper. "They’ve had injuries, guys go down, and Tavares seems to be that stabilizing force."

Tavares' longest goal drought this season has been just five games.

With 47 goals on the season, John Tavares has set a new........