Kessel must step up game against Bruins

Leafs sniper Phil Kessel has just three goals and six assists in 22 career games against his former...

Leafs sniper Phil Kessel has just three goals and six assists in 22 career games against his former team, the Boston Bruins. (Craig Robertson/QMI Agency)

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:13 PM ET

TORONTO - Don’t be taken by the simplistic notion that the Maple Leafs’ playoff hopes ride only on the shoulders of James Reimer.

The play of the 25-year-old goaltender, who will make his Stanley Cup playoffs debut this week in Boston against the Bruins, of course will be crucial in any positive outcome.

However, all eyes should be on Phil Kessel. The former Bruin often disappears when the opponent is Boston and this past regular season was no different.

Kessel had no points in four games versus Zdeno Chara and the rest of the Bruins and was minus-4. In his career, Kessel has three goals and six assists in 22 games against Boston.

Leafs fans who have paid ridiculous gobs of money on playoff tickets should hope the organization sends Kessel to a hypnotist or some sort of mental healer in the next few days to help him get past the black-and-gold block.


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