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Phil Kessel News

NHL Scores: Kessel, Bernier lead Maple Leafs past Ducks 3-1

Anaheim - Anaheim came into Monday night's contest against the Toronto Maple Leafs looking for a win and a chance to take over the points lead in the NHL, but Phil Kessel and Jonathan Bernier ended the Ducks' hopes as the Leafs pulled out a 3-1 victory on the road.

Op-Ed: Criticism toward Maple Leafs is misguided

After a horrid stretch of hockey and falling to fifth in the Atlantic division, the Toronto Maple Leafs have drawn criticism from fans and media alike. But the team that is currently disappointing Leafs Nation isn't exactly what it was meant to be.

NHL Scores: Reimer, Kessel lead Maple Leafs over Edmonton 4-0

Edmonton - Toronto continues to surprise NHL experts and the Eastern Conference with their play and it continued on Tuesday night as the Maple Leafs won on the road 4-0 over Edmonton.

Op-Ed: Clarkson debut will show what Maple Leafs are made of

When Mimico, Ontario native David Clarkson signed a lucrative seven-year, $36 million contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs this past offseason, the former Devils winger could hardly hold his excitement to play for the team he grew up watching.

NHL Scores: Kessel leads Maple Leafs past Ducks 4-2

Toronto - Toronto rebounded nicely after losing their last two games with a solid all around performance in defeating the Anaheim Ducks at home 4-2.

NHL Scores: Maple Leafs shut out Predators 4-0

Nashville - Toronto rebounded nicely after their first loss of the year on Tuesday night with a big 4-0 victory over the Predators in Nashville.

Toronto Maple Leafs first playoff win in 9 years thing of beauty

Boston - The Toronto Maple Leafs fell behind 1-0 in the second against the Bruins in Boston Saturday but clearly felt 9 years without a playoff win was enough. By the 53 second mark of the third Phil Kessel had given them a 3-1 lead and they went on to a 4-2 win.

Maple Leafs Phil Kessel's silence has Toronto media abuzz

Toronto - The Toronto Maple Leafs are finally back in the postseason so you'll have to excuse the Toronto media if everything that happens in Leafland is put under a microscope. If every event, or non-event, is made out to be as important as a Justin Bieber tweet.

Maple Leafs beat Panthers, set table for return to NHL playoffs

Remember when there was concern in the Toronto Maple Leafs camp that Nazem Kadri would continue to miss at the NHL level? That Phil Kessel wasn't going to be able to score goals in 2013? That James Reimer wasn't a bona-fide NHL number 1 goalie?

Maple Leafs' Phil Kessel named NHL's 2nd star with 5 goal week

Toronto Maple Leafs' star Phil Kessel took a while to get a scoring this season but that's all forgotten now. Kessel, with 16 goals overall, scored 5 last week and doing so got him named the NHL's 2nd star of the week.

Op-Ed: Maple Leafs back to a future as first playoffs in 8 years nears

For the first time since before the lockout - no, not the last one, the one before this last one - the blue and white iconic Toronto Maple Leafs jersey will be seen in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Surely there are even non-Leafs fans who find it intriguing.

Scrivens notches another shutout as Leafs power past Panthers

Toronto - Ben Scrivens made 37 saves as the Toronto Maple Leafs improved to a 10-6-0 record with a convincing 3-0 victory over the Florida Panthers.

Reimer, Kessel, Phaneuf and Maple Leafs fall on hapless Canadiens

In what must surely be the lowest moment in the Montreal Canadiens season to date, the arch-rival Toronto Maple Leafs walloped them, 6-0, at home in the Bell Centre Saturday. To add salt to the wound the game was on the CBC's annual Hockey Day in Canada.

Op-Ed: Phil Kessel goal sparks Toronto Maple Leafs playoff hopes

Phil Kessel's goal in Winnipeg last night - late in the game, late in the season for his first - didn't just give the Toronto Maple Leafs a win. It gave them, and their fans, a Zamboni-load of hope and the knowledge that the Leafs are contenders.

Op-Ed: Toronto Maple Leafs need trade, signing, something to turn tide

Toronto - Here we go: they can't afford to go 8 straight seasons without the postseason. Some think it's a lock the Maple Leafs will extend their streak as the NHL team with the longest playoff drought but, well, they are wrong. They will get there.

New deal for Boston Bruins forward Tyler Seguin 'looking good'

On the heels of fellow third-year players Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle and Jeff Skinner earning lucrative multi-year deals, it appears Boston Bruins forward Tyler Seguin may be next in line for a huge payday.

NHL: Leafs win home finale 3-2 over Lightning in overtime Special

Toronto - On a day the Toronto Blue Jays kicked off its 2012 season in Cleveland, the Toronto Maple Leafs were getting ready for its home finale against the Tampa Bay Lightning. What’s the connection you ask?

Op-Ed: Brian Burke has failed, Toronto Maple Leafs need new GM

There's no business like the business of sport to get people talking and there is forever fodder for it all in Toronto hockey circles. Soon the Maple Leafs of 2011-12 will officially bow out of the playoffs and their next season will unofficially begin.

Op-Ed: Leafs wisely leave it up to the dressing room to get job done

They got a young kid named Carter Ashton and that was it. Carter Ashton. Period. So? So Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke, doubtless in consultation with coach Ron Wilson, has left it up to the players playing there now to get to the promised land.

NHL: Sharks take bite out of struggling Leafs Special

Toronto - With the trade deadline just days away, Thursday’s performance by the Toronto Maple Leafs did little to quell the rumours surrounding the team lately. If anything the trade chatter and speculation, whether fact or fiction, will probably only intensify.

Op-Ed: The Toronto Maple Leafs will make Stanley Cup playoffs - promise

It's a critical juncture in the NHL season, one where contenders for the playoffs start contending and pretenders fade. This season, when all is said and done, the Toronto Maple Leafs will make the playoffs and may even make some noise. Based on what?

Sports Illustrated NHL poll: Phil Kessel most easily intimidated

Sports Illustrated seems to be taking shots at the Toronto Maple Leafs but it is actually NHL players. On the heels of an S.I. poll that said Dion Phaneuf is the league's most overrated comes one that hacks at Phil Kessel.

NHL: Devils outlast Leafs in overtime Special

Toronto - James Reimer is back. The Toronto Maple Leafs goalie made his first start on home ice since returning from a head injury and went toe-to-toe with New Jersey Devils’ Martin Brodeur on Tuesday night at the Air Canada Centre.

The Leaf and 2 Goalies, the NHL Names October's 'Three Stars'

The NHL announced its three stars for the month of October and the number one star was awarded to high scoring winger Phil Kessel of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

NHL: Leafs ground Jets in 4-3 shootout win Special

Toronto - The Toronto Maple Leafs were mostly quiet after 40 minutes but a big third period led by red-hot Phil Kessel ignited a 4-3 shootout victory over the reincarnated Winnipeg Jets.

NHL: Leafs hang on for 6-5 win against Sens Special

Toronto - The wheels didn't quite fall off but the nuts and bolts came loose as the Toronto Maple Leafs barely hung on for a 6-5 win over the Ottawa Senators.

NHL: Sabres’ Ryan Miller stymies Leafs Again Special

Toronto - In what resembled a regular season game, the visiting Buffalo Sabres led by the great goaltending of Ryan Miller were able to frustrate the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday night.

NHL: Kessel’s late game heroics leads Leafs past Islanders

He’s been criticized, condemned and analyzed, but tonight Phil Kessel did his duty and scored a goal late in the third period to put the Toronto Maple Leafs passed the New York Islanders 2-1.

NHL: Kessel scores again in second straight Leafs win

Any hopes for the Toronto Maple Leafs to make a dazzling run to the playoffs seemed to be dashed after the Leafs' 3-0 loss to the Montreal Canadiens over the weekend.

NHL: Kessel and Grabovski lead Leafs past Bruins

It took over a month, but Toronto Maple Leafs star-forward Phil Kessel finally broke out of a 14 game goalless drought with a multi-goal performance in Boston tonight en route to a Leafs 4-3 victory.
 

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Phill Kessel  pictured here at the Leafs open practice  scored his first even-strength marker of the...
Phill Kessel, pictured here at the Leafs open practice, scored his first even-strength marker of the season. It would end up being the game winner.
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Canada s Sidney Crosby (L) shakes hands with Team USA s Phil Kessel after Canada won their men s ice...
Canada's Sidney Crosby (L) shakes hands with Team USA's Phil Kessel after Canada won their men's ice hockey semi-final game at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games, February 21, 2014
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Toronto Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel (81) during warm ups prior to a game
Toronto Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel (81) during warm ups prior to a game
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Canada celebrates their men s ice hockey semi-final win as Team USA s Phil Kessel (L) skates away at...
Canada celebrates their men's ice hockey semi-final win as Team USA's Phil Kessel (L) skates away at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games February 21, 2014
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Canada s Jamie Benn (22) and teammates celebrate their men s ice hockey semi-final victory over Team...
Canada's Jamie Benn (22) and teammates celebrate their men's ice hockey semi-final victory over Team USA as Team USA's Phil Kessel (R) skates away during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games February 21, 2014
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