'We didn't get a call or break'

LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:30 AM ET

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Perhaps the adrenalin rush of a penalty shot was just what Phil Kessel needed to break out of a season-high four-game point slump.

But Kessel didn't get the chance Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson thought was due to him when last night's 3-1 loss to the Isles was still scoreless and Jon Sim put a clamp on the breaking Leaf. Wilson was hot on the bench and general manager Brian Burke leapt to his feet in the press box, but Sim got away with just a holding call.

"We didn't get a call or break our way," Wilson complained. "A (third-period interference) call on Jason Blake, they (referees Kerry Fraser and Dean Morton) admitted wasn't a call. I don't know why they don't get their facts straight before and not come and apologize to our bench after they kill all our momentum."

Kessel, who has played 26 games in 50 nights without benefit of a training camp, refused to use fatigue as an excuse after getting three shots on goal and two misses.

"Obviously, you're tired, but you're a professional, you have to work through it," he said.

Wilson elevated Nikolai Kulemin to the top line later in the game, unhappy with Kessel and his centre Matt Stajan.


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