The Toronto Maple Leafs are optimistic after Phil Kessel snapped a lengthy goal drought and ended another for the team's power play.
The Maple Leafs' recent results in Montreal could provide another reason for encouragement.
Kessel will try to contribute again as Toronto seeks to sweep a three-game trip with its fifth win in the past six visits to the rival Canadiens on Saturday night.
Kessel's 136 goals over the last four-plus seasons put him among the league's top 10, but he had all kinds of trouble increasing that total through the first 10 games this year. He finally got his first of the season with the game-winner late in the third period in a 3-2 victory at Winnipeg on Thursday.
"You just hope that he can use this as a building block," coach Randy Carlyle said. "Goal scorers have streaks, and we hope this is the start of a streak."
The goal also snapped Toronto's 0-for-14 drought on the power play to start this month, and lifted the...