Phil Kessel: Examining 'The Marc Savard Effect'

Editor's Note: Archidemies is sick and tired of hearing about "The Marc Savard Effect". He goes through all 42 goals and provides the play-by-play. Join him in his adventure and see what all of the fuss is about. Someday maybe we'll even get to see him in the blue and white.

Chemmy Note: Also check out Gus Katsaros' analysis of the Savard-Kessel pairing at Maple Leafs Hot Stove.

If you're anything at all like me, one of the first arguments you heard against the Toronto Maple Leafs signing Phil Kessel was that he attributed a large percentage of his goals to the superior playmaking exploits of Marc Savard. Apparently we Leaf fans were blind to the fact that Savard had been spoonfeeding the 21-year old with tap-ins and unmissable cross-ice one-timers. I generally took these people at their word, because I couldn't possibly be bothered to watch someone other than the Maple Leafs play hockey.

Curious to see this wizard Savard in action, I quickly sought out any media I could find to get a hold of this sublime passing ability.

Luckily, I stumbled across this video, which contains all 42 goals Phil Kessel scored for the Boston Bruins in 2008-2009

For the sake of fun, lets go through this goal-by-goal.

Goal #1- Don't blink, you'll miss it. Kessel walks out from the sideboards and unleashes hell at the top of the slot, straight to the top corner.

Goal #2- Very nice cross-ice pass by Patrice Bergeron finds Kessel near the right circle and his ridiculous wrist shot easily finds the net.

Goal #3- Give this one to Savard, that's a heck of a play for an easy 1-timer

Goal #4- On the PP, Kessel finds the puck in traffic and cashes it in.

Goal #5- On the PP, Kessel walks in the from the point and mercilessly buries a wrister. The assist is meaningless.

Goal #6- On the PP, on at 3-on-2, Kessel keeps, walks into the slot and finishes with an unstoppable wrister.

Goal #7- *MUST SEE* On the rush, puts a ridiculous move on a defender and buries a wrist shot.

Goal #8- On the rush, beats Vesa Toskala 5-hole on a ridiculously soft goal.

Goal #9- Standing in the crease, Kessel bangs home a rebound from a Milan Lucic shot. (Savard credited with 2nd assist)

Goal #10- On a breakaway (feed courtesy Marc Savard) Phil Kessel is unstoppable. The goaltender falls over.

Goal #11- Savard Slapper stopped, Lucic Rebound stopped, Kessel scoops up a rebound and finishes.

Goal #12- Milan Lucic makes a nice pass to a streaking Kessel in the slot, yada-yada-wrister. (Made the game 7-2, fyi)

Goal #13- From just inside the point, Kessel unleashes a RIDICULOUS wrist shot. Assist to Shane Hnidy!

Goal #14- Nice pass from Savard (Dammit) leaves Kessel a pretty easy finish.

Goal #15- Empty net goal. Unselfish good-guy assist to Savard.

Goal #16- On the PP, Kessel walks in from the point and decides to roof an unstoppable wrist shot upstairs.

Goal #17- Kessel scores unassisted on a 2-on-1.

Goal #18- On the PP, Kessel from Hunwick and Wideman.

Goal #19- On the PP, Kessel has his one-timer attempt (from David Krejci) blocked, grabs the rebound and scores.

Goal #20- A streaking Kessel flies down the wing and buries it past a helpless Vesa Toskala. Savard gets the assist, but you'd have to be blind to not give the puck to Kessel there.

Goal #21- Savard throws the puck to Kessel who is surrounded by FOUR players wearing Toronto Maple Leaf uniforms. One of the players accidentally blocks Kessel's first shot. Luckily, Kessel calmly grabs the rebound and laughs at a joke he'd heard earlier that morning before beating Toskala.

Goal #22- On the rush, a wide-open Kessel unleashes an unstoppable wrister... yada-yada...

Goal #23- Savard makes a nice play and Kessel is treated to a tap-in.

Goal #24- I officially begin to worry I started doing this, as Savard fakes a slapshot then deftly finds Kessel in the slot for an awesome one-timer. Gulp.

Goal #25- Kessel collects a pass in traffic from Savard and somehow gets an excellent release on it to find the top shelf. Savard has Kessel to thank for finishing just as much as Kessel must thank Savard for the pass.

Goal #26- God-damnit what a pass by Marc Savard. Nice finish by Kessel too to go 5-hole while spinning out of control.

Goal #27- Drop pass to Savard who finds Kessel down the wing with a nice wrist shot finish. That's 5 straight Savard assists.

Goal #28- On the rush, Kessel going so fast it looks like he can lift off the ground and fly unleashes hell in the form of a wrist shot. Good to see.

Goal #29- Phil is faster than some nameless Sens defenceman and gets an ENG.

Goal #30- Sneaking in out of nowhere Phil Kessel takes a feed from Andrew Ference at the top of the circle. The rest writes itself.

Goal #31- Incredible pass by Blake Wheeler. Wow.

Goal #32- Working hard at the side of the net, Kessel gets a couple of whacks down low and puts it in. Assist to Savard.

Goal #33- On the rush. Wristshot. Goal. Not a recording.

Goal #34- Kessel at the side of the net from Wheeler.

Goal #35- Kessel picks up a loose puck in the slot. Believe it or not, he scores with a sick wrist shot.

Goal #36- To complete the hat-trick, and his last goal of the regular season Phil scores a cross-ice 1-timer from Savard. For the first time all year, Phil scores with a slap shot. The goalie appears to get shot with a bullet seconds before the goal goes in.


Goal #37- Play appears dead, Kessel plays to the whistle and tucks the loose puck into the net.

Goal #38- Empty Net goal, set up by Lucic

Goal #39 - Mike Komisarek gives the puck away, Kessel beats Carey Price with a wrister from the high slot.

Goal #40 - Flying down the wing, Kessel picks up an outlet pass off the boards and embarasses Carey Price


Goal #41 - Savard finds Kessel at the side of the net. Appears to kind of be an accident as both players sorta shrug afterwards.

Goal #42 - On the rush, Savard finds Kessel as the trailer in the slot and Phil does what he does.

After briefly skimming through my writing, it appears that about 10 of the goals had a lot to do with Marc Savard. On the same token about 28 of them contained the phrase 'unstoppable wrist shot' or 'incredible release' or described his ridiculous speed and incredible shot.

30 goals seems like a reasonable expectation, doesn't it?

Watch the video, come to your own conclusions, tell me what I'm missing. is a fan community that allows members to post their own thoughts and opinions on the Toronto Maple Leafs and hockey in general. These views and thoughts may not be shared by the editor of