Skip to content

Kessel regains scoring lead, ‘tough to deal with’ on Olympic ice

Feb 19, 2014, 4:00 PM EDT

USA forward Phil Kessel, right, reacts to his goal with teammate Ryan Kesler during the third period of men's quarterfinal hockey game against the Czech Republic in Shayba Arena at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) AP

Phil Kessel has been one of the NHL’s best players for a few years now. Since the start of 2011-12, he’s ranked third in the league in goals and second in points — yet often fails to get the credit and recognition that level of sustained success typically comes with.

The Olympics are changing that.

Kessel was hot going into this tournament and with the world paying attention, his speed and scoring touch have been on full display. He netted his tournament-tying fifth goal against the Czech Republic today and regained the Olympic lead in points with his eighth in four contests. That has everyone is singing his praises, including American captain Zach Parise.

“Phil’s playing great,” Parise said, per IIHF.com. “He was on fire in the NHL before he came here and he’s continued that in this tournament.

“He’s pushing their ‘D’ out on this big ice and it’s tough to deal with him.”

On Friday, the United States will face a Canadian team that is loaded with stars at forward…which makes this stat all the more impressive.

For a guy that failed to produce much of anything for the Americans at the ’10 Olympics in Vancouver, that’s pretty good.

Latest Posts
  1. Kings ink prospect Sharipzyanov to entry-level contract

    Aug 27, 2015, 10:00 PM EDT

    Damir Sharipzyanov Getty Images

    The defenseman had 34 points in 66 OHL games last season.

  2. Sabres interested in luring Franson

    Aug 27, 2015, 8:58 PM EDT

    Cody Franson Getty Images

    He might end up with a two-year deal.

  3. Ladd wants to re-sign before season starts

    Aug 27, 2015, 8:21 PM EDT

    Andrew Ladd Getty Images

    He’s entering the final season of his five-year, $22 million deal.

  4. AHL unveils schedule with California teams playing fewer games

    Aug 27, 2015, 6:48 PM EDT

    061315 comets mdd AP

    Playoff seeding will be determined by points percentage.

  5. Under pressure: Mike Johnston

    Aug 27, 2015, 4:25 PM EDT

    Mike Johnston Getty Images

    The Penguins are a win now team coming off of a quick first round exit.

  6. Pittsburgh’s biggest question: Is the defense good enough?

    Aug 27, 2015, 2:06 PM EDT

    St. Louis Blues v Pittsburgh Penguins Getty Images

    “I’m fully aware that at some point in time we may have to address that position.”

  7. Marty favor? Blues bringing Gomez to camp on PTO

    Aug 27, 2015, 12:17 PM EDT

    New Jersey Devils v Philadelphia Flyers Getty Images

    The two have a bit of a history, as you may recall…

  8. Poll: Will Kessel score 40?

    Aug 27, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT

    The Toronto Maple hold their post season media availibility and team President Brendan Shanahan holds a press conference to answer questions Getty Images

    It’s a benchmark he’s never hit before.

  9. Looking to make the leap: Derrick Pouliot

    Aug 27, 2015, 10:52 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Flyers v Pittsburgh Penguins Getty Images

    The 21-year-old looks like he’ll be counted upon heavily.

  10. Mike Richards charged with possession of controlled substance

    Aug 27, 2015, 9:48 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Kings v New York Rangers Getty Images

    For a border incident that occurred in mid-June.

  11. It’s Pittsburgh Penguins Day at PHT

    Aug 27, 2015, 9:00 AM EDT

    Sidney Crosby AP

    A first round exit has led to a busy summer.

  12. Devils’ continue summer of change with more personnel moves

    Aug 26, 2015, 9:32 PM EDT

    Patrick Rissmiller Getty Images

    Development coach Patrick Rissmiller is among New Jersey’s latest additions.

  13. Erik Karlsson has an interesting take on (not) training

    Aug 26, 2015, 8:08 PM EDT

    Erik Karlsson AP

    His conditioning comes on the ice, not in the weight room.

  14. Sabres reach their season tickets cap with 96 percent renewal rate

    Aug 26, 2015, 6:40 PM EDT

    Jack Eichel Getty Images

    Two terrible seasons didn’t dissuade fans expecting brighter days ahead.

  15. Philadelphia Flyers ’15-16 Outlook

    Aug 26, 2015, 5:11 PM EDT

    Ottawa Senators v Philadelphia Flyers Getty Images

    Philadelphia has a great core, but does it have the depth?

  16. Poll: Are the Flyers better off losing (a lot)?

    Aug 26, 2015, 4:00 PM EDT

    Dave Hakstol AP

    Tanking isn’t likely, yet may it be wise?

Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. P. Kessel (1397)
  2. P. Kane (1281)
  3. S. Matthias (1160)
  4. M. Zuccarello (1088)
  5. D. Carcillo (1082)