The Toronto Maple Leafs are on another hot streak and Phil Kessel is leading the way.
After going down 2-0 to the Florida Panthers early in the first period, the Leafs came back and won the game 6-3.
Leaf’s head coach, Randy Carlyle must have said something to his team during the first intermission because Toronto scored two quick goals just minutes into the second period.
Nazem Kadri got three assists and Kessel got two assists during the game.
Leaf’s goalie, Jonathan Bernier made 35 saves.
Despite the win, Carlyle said, during a 7:41 post game press conference, that his team didn’t have too much time to enjoy the victory. The team had to get ready for the Ottawa Senators.
Well, the Leafs were ready. Toronto defeated the Senators two nights later by the exact same score.
Kessel got four points, including a hat trick.
Kessel was named the National Hockey League’s Second Star of the Week. Kessel recorded seven points (3 goals, 4 assists) last week. Kessel was also named Second Star of the Month. Kessel recorded 20 points (7 goals, 13 assists) in the month of January. Congratulations Phil!
The Leaf’s next game was a rematch with the Panthers, but this time the outcome was different.
Florida outplayed the Leafs and beat them 4-1.
In the first period alone the Leafs were out shot 19-4.
“There was no excuse for our performance (in the game),” said Carlyle. “We just didn’t seem to have any jump or any passion to play the game.”
Carlyle also said Bernier was the best player on the ice. Bernier stopped 44 shots.
Leaf’s forward, James Van Reimsdyk had a bit of bad luck last night. In the first period Van Reimsdyk had a couple of good scoring chances, but was unable to put the puck in the net.
Since my last article, the Leafs made a trade.
The Leafs sent Mark Fraser to Edmonton for Cameron Abney and restricted free agent Teemu Hartikainen.
The Leafs face the Tampa Bay Lightning tomorrow night.