Found October 19, 2011 on Pro Sports Blogging:
What Happened The Leafs (3-0-1) will surely take the three of four available points they earned after visits this week from the Calgary Flames (3-2 comeback win) and Colorado Avalanche (3-2 OT loss) produced a pair of flat starts and highlighted some of the club’s inherent flaws. On the positive side of the ledger, Phil Kessel (six goals, three assists) continued his scorching hot start as part of a suddenly-dynamic top line and Dion Phaneuf’s +8 leads all NHL skaters. But as the top line becomes increasingly potent, the reverse seems to be occurring for the previously reliable Clarke MacArthur-Mikhail Grabovski-Nikolai Kulemin line, who have yet to regain the chemistry that made them so dangerous last season. What’s Notable Kessel Gets Assertive Kessel’s early production shows that there is a fine line when it comes to success and failure in sports. For much of last season, the 24-year old winger (who, by the way, looks about 54 in person right now) was considered to be forcing pla...

Leafs relying on Kessel to perform

We have all witnessed the amazing start by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first two weeks of the season, as they have quickly become the media darlings again. But last night against the Boston Bruins there was a rude wake up call for Leaf Nation, as they were picked apart by the defending champions in a 6-2 loss one night after a shootout win against Winnipeg.The Maple Leafs, after...

Phil Kessel's Return to Boston Yet Again a Storyline, But Time Has Come for All Involved to Move On

BOSTON -- Phil Kessel is back in Boston, which means another round of what Bruins coach Claude Julien derisively dubbed "Kesselmania" two years ago. And two years ago it was a fun sideshow to track every awkward moment of the former Bruin's first returns to the Garden. The wound was fresh from Kessel's turbulent departure from the club and there was some extra added...

Keesel To Be Named NHL Player Of The Week

To say Toronto Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel has been dominating through his first three games of the 2011-12 season might be a bit of a stretch, but nobody can argue with his numbers (five goals, three assists, eight points, plus +7 rating). Given his substantial totals Kessel should receive NHL Player of The Week honors; serving notice that, despite all the laughter at his being...

NHL roundup: Phil Kessel fuels Leafs' rally in shoot-out

Phil Kessel had a goal and two assists to help the Toronto Maple Leafs rally for a 4-3 shoot-out victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday night. Kessel extended his NHL lead in goals and points on a night where Toronto appeared headed for its first regulation loss after falling behind, 3-1, midway through the second period. He has seven goals and 12 points in five games.

Ty Anderson: Seguin shines, Kessel vanishes in Boston's 6-2 win over Leafs

Whether they want to be linked together or not, the truth is that the key components of the Phil Kessel to Toronto trade -- Kessel (obviously) and Boston sophomore Tyler Seguin -- will always be compared to one another. And while the 24-year-old Kessel has lit the NHL up at will throughout this short season with a league-leading seven goals and 12 points, tonight was Tyler and the...

NHL Stars of the Week

NEW YORK (October 17, 2011)— Toronto Maple Leafs right wing Phil Kessel, New York Islanders center John Tavares and Dallas Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen have been named the NHL ‘Three Stars’ of the week. Each Monday, the NHL will recognize three players who delivered the League’s top performances over the past week. Due to the mid-week start to the regular season Oct. 6...

Leafs rally, down Jets in shootout

TORONTO (AP) Phil Kessel is playing exactly the way the Toronto Maple Leafs wanted when they acquired him from Boston in 2009.

Phil Kessel, Maple Leafs both off to fast starts; now what?

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Joe Thornton, Richard Seymour Among Former Boston Players Scarier Than Phil Kessel

Is Phil Kessel the scariest former Boston player for fans to see line up against their hometown team? According to NESN Nation, no. Dan Duquette found a remedy for Kesselmania when he asked our Facebook fans and Twitter followers which former Boston athletes they are most afraid to face off against. Do you agree with their answers? Vote in the poll below for who you think is scariest...

HockeyBuzz Hotstove: Hotstove, Ed. 25: Buy or Sell?

Welcome to the Hotstove! As always, I'm your host, Travis Yost. On Wednesday, HockeyBuzz contributors convened for an always-enjoyable round of 'Buy or Sell', which is sure to generate some quality discussion for the Hotstove. The three topics will focus on Toronto Maple Leafs winger Phil Kessel, the potential of early surprises to reach the post-season, and the Battle...

Power Play Problems In Toronto

from Michael Traikos of the National Post, It does not seem to make sense on paper. The Toronto Maple Leafs have the NHL’s leading scorer in Phil Kessel. Defenceman Dion Phaneuf has one of the hardest slap shots in the league. Fellow blue-liner John-Michael Liles has averaged 40 points during his career. And yet, once again, the Leafs have one of the league’s worst power plays...

Kessel highlights NHL's 'Three Stars'

Toronto Maple Leafs right wing Phil Kessel, New York Islanders center John Tavares and Dallas Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen have been named the NHL's 'Three Stars' for games played from October 6 through October 16.

With Phil Kessel in town, Tyler Seguin shines

We will probably be measuring the Phil Kessel trade that netted the Bruins three high draft picks for years to...
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