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Video: Kessel picks up where he left off with sweet goal

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.

  1. realemman - Feb 27, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    What a snipe.

  2. hardkor07mn - Feb 27, 2014 at 9:35 PM


  3. rlecchino - Feb 27, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    who won the game you leafs losers? ??

    • withseidelinn - Feb 28, 2014 at 5:33 AM

      Who’s going to make the playoffs?

      • thomasvanek - Feb 28, 2014 at 6:51 AM

        Leafs are not even close to clinching the playoffs so I wouldn’t brag just yet.

      • dueman - Feb 28, 2014 at 8:58 AM

        Still better than definitely not making them…

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