Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 10/20/13
Phil Kessel made an unselfish play in a 4-1 Leaf win over the Minnesota Wild. Despite agreeing to a huge contract extension recently with the Toronto Maple Leafs,  Phil Kessel showed what a team player he is earlier this week in  a 4-1 over the Minnesota Wild. With the Leafs up 3-1, Kessel made an unselfish play in the third period by letting Mason Raymond’s pass trickle into the empty net, giving Raymond his second goal of the game. Seriously, all Kessel had to do is touch the puck to be awarded the goal, but didn’t. “It was a great move,” said Leaf’s head coach, Randy Carlyle about Kessel’s unselfish play. It was a great move.  It shows that the Leafs are capable of playing as a team. Unfortunately, two nights later, the Leafs squandered a 2-0 lead in the third period and lost to the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2. I can’t describe how disappointed I was with the result.  The winning goal was weird. Apparently, the Leafs thought it was going called icing, but the linesman waved it off.  As a result, Leaf’s goalie, Jonathan Bernier wasn’t ready for the on coming puck and let it slip by him into the net.  ”The hockey gods got back at us,” said Carlyle. James Riemer started in goal for the Leafs, but got hit in the head within a minute into the game.   Bernier had to come in for Reimer .  Bernier stopped 34 shots during the game. Toronto headed to Chicago to face the Blackhawks in their next match up. I knew the Leafs were going to have a harder time competing against Chicago.  The Blackhawks are a much more talented team.  ”They play a pretty high tempo game,” said Carlyle, as he describes Chicago’s style of play.  Oh by the way.  The Blackhawks are also the defending Stanley Cup Champions. There was no scoring until the second period when the Blackhawks scored first. Chicago ended up winning the game 3-1. Toronto’s next game is this coming Tuesday night.  The Leafs face the Anaheim Ducks.  

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