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Phil Kessel is a focal point today of a Boston-Toronto rivalry that spans all four major sports.
The city of Toronto comes to Boston tonight in more ways than one. The big focus is the Maple Leafs’ arrival to start their NHL playoff series with the Bruins. And the reeling Blue Jays are in Fenway to start a three-game series with the scorching hot Red Sox. These coming few days promise to write another chapter in the long sports history between the cities of Boston and Toronto.
Toronto is the only city to have a team in the same division as Boston in all four major professional sports. I’m giving Toronto credit for the Buffalo Bills in the NFL—with Toronto only being an hour and half over the border and actually hosting a Bills’ home game every year I don’t feel like that’s a reach. And the Leafs, Blue Jays and Raptors are all division rivals of the Bruins, Red Sox and Celtics respectively. So to commemorate this gala week of Boston-Toronto battles, let’s look back at some high point...
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Phil Kessel made headlines Monday, quite frankly, by not saying anything. The Maple Leafs forward dodged the large pack of hockey media following Toronto practice, and that caused quite a stir.
The Leafs were back at practice Tuesday, and this time around, it was Kessel making news by talking — although not really saying much. The soft-spoken Kessel was his typical reserved self...
from Christopher L. Gasper of the Boston Globe,
Phil Kessel is a man of few words and, when it comes to facing his former team, a man of even fewer goals.
Give Kessel credit. The former Bruin spoke postgame on a night when his silence on the ice spoke volumes about his reputation as a faux franchise forward. Turned into white noise on skates, Kessel could only watch as the...
BOSTON — Phil Kessel was on the ice for 13:51 in Game 1 against the Bruins on Wednesday night, but we only know that because it’s what the statsheet tells us, as well as the fact that No. 81 in white was booed and heckled every time he touched the puck.
The Maple Leafs forward was pretty much invisible in Game 1, a 4-1 loss to the Bruins at TD Garden. Admittedly, Kessel did make...
The Bruins-Maple Leafs first-round playoff series is a matchup filled with players, coaches and a pair of organizations under immense pressure for a multitude of reasons. But it’s tough to argue that anyone will feel the weight of the world on their shoulders more than Leafs forward Phil Kessel.
The 25-year-old (he’s really only 25?) is a polarizing figure, and this series will...
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
Phil Kessel has managed the impossible — he’s pulled a disappearing act before the playoff series begins against the Boston Bruins.
And in doing so, refusing to fulfil his contractual obligations and meet with the media, he wound up embarrassing team management in the process.
“That’s the first I’ve heard of it,” said...
“Thank you, Kessel” is a popular refrain around Boston any time the B’s and Maple Leafs square off, and that won’t change as the two face off in the playoffs.
However, a more discerning fan will note that Boston and Toronto are linked by more than just the trade that sent Phil Kessel north in exchange for draft picks that turned into Tyler Seguin and Dougie Hamilton. Bruins...
The media spotlight may not bother most of the players, coaches and management of the Toronto Maple Leafs, but for Phil Kessel, it is as comfortable as the proverbial ant feels underneath the magnifying glass.
Kessel is the Leafs best player, with four 30+ goal seasons and scoring in the top 10 of the NHL for the second year in a row, but those gaudy offensive numbers have not...
Toronto Maple Leafs forward #81 Phil Kessel will have his hands full against his former club and Boston Bruins defenseman #33 Zdeno Chara in this series
After failing to win the Northeast Division for the first time in 5 seasons, the Boston Bruins fell to the 4th spot in the Eastern Conference standings. They still get home ice advantage, but instead of facing the New York Islanders...
The Bruins woke up Sunday morning knowing they were headed to the playoffs, but they didn’t know who they would be facing. Toronto, Ottawa or the New York Islanders could have been the first-round opponent of the B’s. When the club went to bed late Sunday night, the dust had settled, and the club’s first-round series was set.
The Bruins, of course, will take on the Maple Leafs...
There’s no way around it; the Bruins did not play their best hockey down the stretch.
Playing a lockout-shortened schedule that was condensed even further due to multiple postponements, Boston went 2-7 over its last nine games and lost the Northeast Division title — and No. 2 seed that comes with it — on the final day of the regular season. Dropping to the No. 4 seed in the...
The playoffs are upon us and the attention that the Bruins have gotten for backpedalling into the playoffs now shifts to their first round playoff matchup against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Bruins finished the season 3-5-2 in their last 10 and blew numerous attempts to wrap up the Northeast Division as the Canadiens also stumbled down the stretch. The Bruins play of late, and...
from Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun,
If you’re going to win in the playoffs, your best players have to be your best players.
It doesn’t get much simpler than that.
But none of Phil Kessel, Joffrey Lupul, Nazem Kadri, Dion Phaneuf nor James Reimer were good on Wednesday night in the Maple Leafs’ first Stanley Cup playoff game in nine years.
Like the majority...
8 a.m. ET: The Bruins were simply not good for the last month and a half of the regular season. Luckily for them, however, the regular season is over and the slate is wiped clean once the playoffs begin. The playoffs begin for the B’s on Wednesday night in Boston.
The Bruins host the Maple Leafs on Wednesday night in the first of a seven-game series with the Toronto Maple Leafs...
Tyler Seguin during a game against the Buffalo Sabres during the 2010-11 season (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Boston 28-14-6 vs. Toronto 26-17-5
For the first time in nine seasons, the Toronto Maple Leafs are in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. That’s right, last time the Maple Leafs made the Stanley Cup Playoffs was during the 2003-04 season.
So, starting tonight, the Leafs...