Posted by: Jeremy | October 15, 2010

Kessel nets overtime winner, keeps dreams for perfect season alive


Kessel buried the winner just over three minutes into overtime

I didn’t catch it myself, but if you’re a Leafs fan, chances are you know all about it by now. Toronto hit up Broadway tonight, rolling into Madison Square Garden and beating the Rangers 4-3 in overtime to bump its record to a flawless 4-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 on the young season. This time around it was Phil Kessel playing the hero role, scoring the power play winner on a wrist shot from the slot just over three minutes into the extra frame.

The Leafs trailed 1-0 after 20 minutes before picking up goals in the second from Clarke McArthur, Mike Komisarek and Kessel to take a 3-1 lead to the third period, but a pair of goals from New York’s Brian Boyle tied things to set up overtime. A Marc Staal interference penalty just past the midway point gave the Leafs a four-on-three advantage, allowing Kessel to put it away with his second off a pass from Tyler Bozak.

Jean-Sebastian Giguere picked up his third win in as many starts between the pipes for Toronto, which out-shot the Rangers 38-24. Kessel added an assists with his two goals, and McArthur’s second period goal was his league-leading fifth of the season.

The win keeps the Leafs rolling atop the NHL and all but assures a Stanley Cup victory despite 78 games still remaining in the regular season, at least according to the Toronto faithful. We shall see though, I suppose. They’ll look to keep the dream alive Monday night, when they’re at home to face the Islanders.

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  1. […] stretch in the first, stopping 30 of 32 New York shots in the loss. The Rangers, who the Leafs beat in overtime at Madison Square Garden last Friday, grabbed their second win in five games and first since opening night, when they won […]


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