Feb 27, 2014, 7:42 PM EDT
Phil Kessel was hot going into the Olympic break with 11 goals and 27 points in his last 15 games. He carried that momentum with him to Sochi where he netted another five goals and eight points in six contests with the United States.
It looks like even going halfway across the world and back in the span of a couple weeks hasn’t dulled his senses. In Toronto’s first contest since the 2014 Winter Games, Kessel went right back to work, beating New York Islanders goaltender Evgeni Nabokov top shelf just 6:53 minutes into the game.
You can watch that goal below:
That was Kessel’s 32nd goal of the season, which puts him behind only Washington’s Alex Ovechkin in the goal scoring race. The marker also moved him into a tie for third place in terms of points with John Tavares, who is expected to miss the rest of the season with a partially torn MCL.
That's the 151st goal with the Leafs for Kessel. Moves him into 25th place after only 343 games.
— James Mirtle (@mirtle) February 28, 2014
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