Kessel earning his keep

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:27 AM ET

OTTAWA -- Phil Kessel is really warming up to this Battle of Ontario thing.

The speedy winger has been a thorn in the side of the Sens recently, collecting the Leafs' only regulation-time goal, then notching the shootout winner in a 2-1 victory over the Sens at Scotiabank Place on March 6.

He was at it again Tuesday night, opening the scoring at 11:20 of the first period on a sizzling snapshot that whizzed by Sens goalie Brian Elliott.

For all the fuss made about Brian Burke surrendering the farm by giving up two first-round and a second-round pick to the Boston Bruins for Kessel, the speedy winger now has 26 goals on the season and is well on his way to his second consecutive 30-plus goal campaign.

Keep in mind, too, that he missed the first five weeks of the season while he was recovering from off-season shoulder surgery. Judging by the way he ripped the puck past Elliott, the shoulder is fine, thank you very much.


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