January 19, 2013
Leafs' Kessel rates play as 'okay'Looked at times to be in mid-season form
By TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency
Sloppy hockey, yes.
But not every Maple Leaf looked like he was keeping his fingers crossed that the puck wouldn’t explode on him in the regular-season opener at the Bell Centre.
Phil Kessel, for one, played at times like he was in mid-season form during the Maple Leafs’ 2-1 victory.
Kessel has become a threatening sniper in the National Hockey League, which might make it easy to forget at times that he is an above-average playmaker.
Kessel made a fine move off the side boards to set up Nazem Kadri for a goal in the first period, and he gave Tyler Bozak a great chance later with another fine pass. Bozak scored in the second period when he blasted a Kessel rebound behind Montreal goaltender Carey Price.
But Kessel missed on a partial breakaway in the third period, so he was not crowing after the game.