May 2, 2013
Kessel says he is fine but status for Game 2 unknown
By ROB LONGLEY, QMI Agency

Phil Kessel talks to a throng of reporters on Thursday at Boston University where the Maple Leafs were practising. (Michael Peake, Toronto Sun)

Officially, it was described as a maintenance day and, although Phil Kessel was at Boston University with his Leafs teammates for Thursday’s practice, he was not on the ice.

 

Why does a player who is struggling to score against the playoff opponent that owns him need a maintenance day? It’s possible there is more to the story.

In the third period of Wednesday’s 4-1 Game 1 loss to the Bruins, Kessel was seen in some serious pain on the Leafs bench as he received medical attention for what appeared to be an injured wrist. At one point, trainers wrapped the wrist with a bandage before he returned to action.

Kessel played 13:51 in the game and managed just one shot on net. Interestingly, though, his third- period workload was just 3:19. It is unclear when he was hurt and how badly, though he did go hard into the Bruins net on one rush.

For now, there doesn’t appear to be any issue with Kessel’s status for Saturday’s Game 2.



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