As a youngster, Trevor Smith dreamed of one day scoring an overtime goal while wearing blue-and-white.

And which Maple Leaf did he envision himself being?

"Dougie Gilmour, who else?" he said.

No. 93 wasn't in the house on Thursday. Fortunately, No. 23 was.

That would be Smith, signed to be captain of the Marlies, whose deflection of a Jake Gardiner point shot at 4:18 of overtime gave the Leafs a 3-2 victory over the Dallas Stars at the Air Canada Centre.

Coming into this season, the Ottawa native had recorded three NHL goals. In 18 games as a Leaf, he has exceeded that total already, scoring four times, none bigger than the winner Thursday night.