Kessel scores four points as Leafs blank Oilers

Oilers forward Nail Yakupov tries an unsuccessful shot on Maple Leafs goaltender James Reimer as...

Oilers forward Nail Yakupov tries an unsuccessful shot on Maple Leafs goaltender James Reimer as Jay McClement helps out in Edmonton on Tuesday night. (Ian Kucerak/Edmonton Sun)

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:57 AM ET

EDMONTON - If critics figured Phil Kessel was going to rest on his $8 million US per season laurels after inking his lucrative contract extension four weeks ago, they were sadly mistaken.

At least to this point.

In signing the gifted forward to an eight year, $64 million deal prior to the season opener in Montreal, general manager Dave Nonis understood that Phil The Thrill is a streaky scorer whose warts are exposed for all to see when he is in a slump.

But Nonis also was aware that when Kessel gets on one of his famous streaks, few in the game are better.

For the Leafs, it was an easy gamble to make.

And if anyone had doubts about just how dominant Kessel can be when the speedy winger gets some momentum going, just watch replays of the Leafs past 240 minutes of hockey in order to be convinced.


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