January 26, 2013
When will Phil Kessel finally score for the Maple Leafs?
By STEVE BUFFERY, QMI Agency

Phil Kessel doesn't have a goal for the Maple Leafs yet this season. Could Saturday night be the night? (CRAIG ROBERTSON/QMI Agency)

TORONTO - If not for the fact that he has been playing along side a bunch of guys disguised as Roberto Duran, Leafs Nations would be celebrating the exploits of winger Phil Kessel right about now.

Remember Roberto Duran, the great Panamanian boxer known as “Manos de Piedra” or “Hands of Stone?”

That’s what Kessel has had to deal with in the first four games of the regular season.

Much is being made of the fact that Kessel, who scored 37 goals last season, has yet to find the back of the net this year.

But if you watched the games, you’ve seen that the shy sniper has been more than on top of his game offensively.

In the last two contests especially — Toronto’s 5-2 victory over the Penguins in Pittsburgh on Wednesday and the Leafs’ 7-4 loss to the New York Islanders on Thursday — Kessel has been buzzing all over the ice, setting up his wingers and defencemen, particularly on the power play.



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