Phil Kessel tallied one goal and one assist in 23:00 of ice time in the Penguins' 4-3 loss to the Lightning on Thursday. He took three shots and had a plus-minus of even for the game. Kessel now has nine goals and 12 assists on the season.
Phil Kessel scored a goal and assisted on another in Thursday’s 4-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Advice: With the Penguins working a power play, Kessel fired off a wrister from the right circle that Patric Hornqvist tipped in to open the scoring midway through the opening period. Kessel then followed that up with a power play goal of his own just over three minutes later. The Penguins collapsed after that, giving up a natural hat trick to Brayden Point in a span of just 91 seconds. The 31-year-old Kessel finds himself at nine goals and 21 points in 17 games this season.
Phil Kessel tallied one goal and one assist in 19:23 of ice time in the Penguins' 4-2 loss to the Devils on Tuesday. He took two shots and had a plus-minus of -2 for the game. Kessel now has eight goals and 11 assists on the season.
Phil Kessel scored a goal and assisted on another in Tuesday’s 4-2 loss to the New Jersey Devils.
Advice: On the power play, Sidney Crosby somehow threaded a pass through three Devils before Kessel got a piece of it to put it into the net. On top of his goal tonight, Kessel was also assessed two minutes for roughing in what was actually a fight with Brett Seney 14:20 into the second period. He then followed that up with a secondary assist on Jake Guentzel’s third period goal. The veteran winger is up to eight goals and 19 points in 16 games.
Coach Mike Sullivan has been putting Phil Kessel with Sidney Crosby at times during five-on-five situations in the last two games.
Advice: The duo has been terrific together in the last two games when they are together and could continue to play together in the future. They played together when Kessel first arrived from Toronto in 2015-16 but it didn't work out then. "It’s been good," Crosby said. "I feel like we’ve gotten some pretty good chances, some good looks, some two-on-ones, some chances around the net. I think you find yourself looking for him a lot just because you know how dangerous he is once he gets in the offensive zone, the way he shoots it. Everyone’s kind of played with different guys, but we haven’t really played together a ton. For that, I think we did some good things out there." Kessel has seven goals and 17 points in 15 games after a 92 point season in 2017-18.
Phil Kessel had an assist in 17:51 of ice time in the Penguins' 4-0 win over the Coyotes on Saturday. He took four shots and had a plus-minus of +2 for the game. Kessel now has 10 assists on the season.
Phil Kessel has only one assist in his last four games.
Advice: Add to that a minus-four rating and you can see that the former Bruin and Maple Leaf is slumping. He has seven goals and 16 points in 14 games this season and so he has to be in your lineup as he is capable of busting loose at any time.
Phil Kessel had 17:26 of ice time in the Penguins' 2-1 loss to the Capitals on Wednesday. He took five shots and had a plus-minus of even for the game.