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Thoughts: Game 20 – Unfortunate Bounces Lead to Unfortunate 3-1 Loss for Pens

Sharks 3  Pens 1 Record: 12-8-0, 24 pts Goals Kessel (7) (PP) from Hornqvist, Crosby PenaltiesHornqvist (interference) – Unnecessary (skates along the blue line and collides into Braun to take him down as Braun is backing up into that same area with Malkin carrying the puck)Kunitz (interference) – Unnecessary (lets his skate hit Pavelski’s at center ice instead of avoiding...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

James van Riemsdyk sees drastic change in certain stats after Phil Kessel trade

James van Riemsdyk is doing just fine without Phil Kessel. Tom Szczerbowski Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY SportsWhen Phil Kessel was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins over the summer, one of the questions for the Toronto Maple Leafs was how forward James van Riemsdyk would do without his talented linemate. The answer through the first 14 games of the post-Kessel era is a good one...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Kessel's shot caroms off crossbar, lands in Penguins' bench

While Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, left, scored a goal on Wednesday, fellow forward Phil Kessel was pretty close. Mark J. Rebilas USA TodayPittsburgh Penguins forward Phil Kessel may want to think about entering the NHL's Hardest Shot competition.On Wednesday, Kessel wired a shot midway through the second period that caromed off the crossbar and landed in his team...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Phil Kessel just smoked the Predators in OT 3-on-3

It was the Penguins first 3-on-3 OT game ever. And Phil Kessel made it a memorable one. About a minute into OT Kessel took a puck from his own blue line, flew past two Predators players, and sent the Penguins on to Washington with a win.
Via The Pensblog
October 24, 2015  |  Discuss

GAMEDAY 5: Turning a over a new leaf. Pens host Toronto at CONSOL.

Expect to hear a lot about Phil Kessel today. Rightfully so, the Pens winger will be the center of discussion as the Toronto Maple Leafs visit CONSOL  Energy Center for their first meeting with the Penguins since GM Jim Rutherford rescued Kessel from his broken marriage with the Leafs, exporting him back to his native country. It’s sort of like a Lifetime made-for-TV movie, if...
Via The Pensblog
October 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Phil Kessel has shed 13 pounds this summer

Phil Kessel was constantly criticized during his time with the Toronto Maple Leafs for his conditioning. Despite the fact he was consistently one of the best scorers in the NHL, Maple Leafs fans thought Kessel could afford to drop a few pounds. All of this scrutiny eventually led to Kessel parting ways with the Leafs and now he’s starting a new chapter with the Pittsburgh Penguins...
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September 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Video: Phil Kessel puts on a Penguins jersey for the first time

How does Phil Kessel look wearing the black and gold of the Pittsburgh Penguins? That question has finally been answered and it may be difficult for Toronto Maple Leafs fans to watch. It Phils great to put on the black and gold for the first time. — Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) August 13, 2015 Seeing Kessel in a different uniform is kind of bizarre...
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August 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Toronto column after trade details Kessel's love of hot dogs

Is it too late to nominate a late entry to the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eat contest this weekend? Because Phil Kessel seems like a worthy contender. The polarizing forward was traded Wednesday from the Toronto Maple Leafs to the Pittsburgh Penguins in what was the biggest move of one of the NHL’s busiest days of the year. Thus ends Kessel’s contentious time in Toronto where he and...
July 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Maple Leafs aim to trade Phil Kessel before the draft

Trade rumors have hung over Phil Kessel’s head ever since the Toronto Maple Leafs started slumping through the 2014-15 season. Now that the 2015 Draft is approaching, these rumors are intensifying and the latest report indicates the club hopes to deal Kessel to a new club prior to the draft. Via The Star: In particular, there’s a widespread belief, as first reported a week...
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June 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Phil Kessel goes off on Toronto reporter after pointed question

Any time that a coach gets fired, it makes for a tough and awkward time in the locker room. Players have to deal with the insinuation that the firing was their fault, and usually the players that are targeted are the best of the bunch. Alexander Ovechkin has dealt with insinuations that he is uncoachable every time the Washington Capitals fire a head coach. It stands to reason,...
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January 06, 2015  |  Discuss

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