February 6, 2013
Kessel has an ally in Ovie
By ROB LONGLEY, QMI Agency

Phil Kessel, the Maple Leafs leading scorer last season, has yet to put the puck in the net this year. (Reuters)

Apparently Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin has gone from mocking Phil Kessel to sympathizing with him.

You remember the 2011 all-star game when Kessel was the last man picked in the draft of players and Ovie acted like it was the funniest thing he has ever seen? With scoring struggles of his own this season, the Capitals superstar finds himself in the same boat as Kessel, who entered Tuesday’s game still seeking his first goal of the season.

So what does the Great Eight think of Toronto’s No. 81 now?

“After nine games, you feel big pressure on your shoulder, especially in Toronto,” Ovechkin said following the Capitals morning skate. “The fans, the media all over him I think.

“I just want to give him advice: Don’t listen to anybody, just play your game. Everybody knows he can score; he’s a top player out there. Lots of players play against him very carefully and give him more pressure. He just has to handle it.”



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