I realize that some of out are probably tired of reading about Phil Kessel, but it is hard not to write about him.
Just as I predicted in my last article, Kessel’s five goals in three games awarded him with the Second Star of the Week honors and looks as if he’s not slowing down either.
In the game against Edmonton, he racked up four points (two goals and two assists). Kessel has now scored seven goals in four games.
At this rate, Kessel is headed for a 30-plus goal season.
Last year, during the shorten season, Kessel had trouble scoring goals. He racked up quite a few assists, but not goals. Kessel is on his way to a huge year this season.
James Reimer is looking sharp too. He has played well in his last to games. He recorded his 11th career shut-out as his Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Oilers 4-0.
True to form, though, Leaf’s head coach, Randy Carlyle didn’t praise his team too much after the victory against Edmonton, saying the Leafs did not play too well in the third period.
This is why the Leafs are successful right now. Toronto has a coach that feels there’s always room for improvement, no matter if the Leafs win or not.
The Leafs did not look sharp in the game against Calgary, especially in the second period. Toronto had to fight for the 4-2 victory.
Goalie, Jonathan Bernier bailed the Leafs out by stopping 41 shots.
Despite the sloppy play, Carlyle didn’t criticize his team too harshly. ”Obviously we would like to play better defensively,” he said. ”No matter how you them, they’re still two pints in the standings.”
Kessel was unable to record a point in this game.
The Leafs face the Vancouver Canucks tonight. Toronto is going to try to increased their record to 11-4.