Stat Line Of The Night — 10/19/11 — Phil Kessel
During last season’s NHL Fantasy All-Star Draft, Phil Kessel had to suffer through the embarrassment of being selected last overall by his fellow peers. That must have motivated him throughout the off-season, because if that draft were to take place right now, he would very likely be the first overall pick.
That is how good Kessel has been playing thus far this season, as he entered last night’s game against the Winnipeg Jets tied for the league lead in goals (6), and points (9). By the time the game was over, he would take over sole possession of the lead in both categories.
Kessel recorded two assists and the game-tying goal last night, as his Leafs came back from a two-goal deficit in the third period to win in a shootout. That improved their record to an impressive 4-0-1 and they have Kessel’s hot hand to thank, as he earns “The Stat Line of the Night” for Wednesday, October 19, 2011.