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What I've Like About Phil Kessel's Game This Year - Mike from Vintage Leaf Memories

There is no doubt that other guys have had their moments on offense and contributed to the cause, helping the Leafs get off to their first truly decent start in, well, years. (Connolly, for example, was the difference-maker against Carolina.) And certainly Lupul has had a major influence on Kessel’s performance. I don’t think there is too much debate about that.

But Kessel, for me, is the entertainer, the guy who is pure fun to watch right now. There are nights he just seems to have that puck on a string. He can cut around a defenseman and whether he is successful or not, he creates anxiety on his side of the ice for the defender whose job it is to keep him on the outside—and off the score sheet.

Scoring goals. Being awesome. More links after the jump.

Leafs Links

Connolly's Pair Push Leafs Past Hurricanes

Only the Leafs' third win when scoring less than 3 goals.

Game 30 in 10

11 - Nice to see Poni, Brent, and Tlusty are keeping the Slumpbusters Inc. label alive and well.

Fancy Math: The Toronto Maple Leafs Penalty Kill

Fancy Words: Le Shitty

Other Links

A Look at this Year's Top Rookies

DGB checks out the new kids on the block.

League Looks Toward Soft Pads to Reduce Head Injuries

I'm not sure how much soft padding will reduce an elbow or boarding at top speed, but whatever.

The Puck Remains the Same

Some insight on how the current puck came to be.

Smart Boards Aid NHL

I want one.

Costly Wins for Sens

First Giroux, now Michalek. Somebody put Kessel and Lupul in a protective vault.