MORE THAN PHIL
Though he was clearly the star of the show, winger Phil Kessel wasn't the only Maple Leaf returning to Boston last night.
Colton Orr played 20 games for the B's in 2005 before being released. Joey MacDonald, who started in net for the Leafs last night, was a Bruin for a handful of games at the end of the 2007-08 season and Wayne Primeau was here from 2005-07.
For the Bruins, meanwhile, a former Leafs goaltending prospect was in the spotlight last night at the TD Garden. Tuukka Rask, who was the Leafs' first-round pick (21st overall) in the 2005 draft, got the start for resting Tim Thomas. Rask, who was dealt to the Bruins for Andrew Raycroft in 2006, was 4-0-1 in his previous five games prior to last night.
Kessel has been adamant that he didn't want to be traded, but Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli tells a different story.
"Phil has a special skill set," Chiarelli told the Boston Globe. "But the circumstances were such that we couldn't get him signed here. He didn't want to be in Boston."
The Leafs hold their annual skills competition today at noon at the Air Canada Centre. Proceeds from the event benefit the MLSE Team Up Foundation and the NHLPA Goals and Dreams Fund ... Toronto won the first meeting between the two teams last season and then Boston swept the next five ... Defenceman Garnet Exelby was a healthy scratch for the fourth game in a row and 11th of the past 15.