Phil Kessel

Jonathan Bernier #45 of the Toronto Maple Leafs is scored on by Carl Hagelin #62 of the New York Rangers during NHL action at the Air Canada Centre November 8, 2014 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Abelimages/Getty Images)

Maple Leafs Rally In 3rd, Top Rangers 5-4

Leo Komarov snapped a tie with 5:34 left, and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the New York Rangers 5-4 on Saturday night in a game in which both teams struggled with the lead.

11/08/2014

UNIONDALE, NY - OCTOBER 21:  Phil Kessel #81 of the Toronto Maple Leafs returns to the bench following his second goal of the game at 17:53 of the second period against the New York Islanders at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on October 21, 2014 in Uniondale, New York.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Kessel Scores Two, Lifts Leafs To 5-2 Win Over Islanders

Phil Kessel scored two goals to lead the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 5-2 rout over the New York Islanders on Tuesday night.

10/22/2014

Zach Parise, right, reacts in disgust after Canada's players celebrate their 1-0 win over the Americans in the Olympic hockey tournament semifinals on Feb. 21, 2014. (ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)

Silverman: U.S. Men’s Hockey Had The Personnel, Just Not The Determination

If you take an honest look at Canada’s 1-0 victory over the United States in the Olympic hockey tournament semifinal, the difference seemed to be a lot more than one goal.

02/21/2014

Team USA forward Phil Kessel, right celebrates with Joe Pavelski. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Redemption Or Heartbreak? Drama Dialed Up For US-Canada Rematch

It’s the rematch the entire hockey world has been waiting for. The U.S. will have a chance to bury some nasty demons on Friday when it faces border-rival Canada in the Olympic semifinals.

02/20/2014

T.J. Oshie of the United States shoots against the Czech Republic’s Radko Gudas , right, during the quarterfinals of the Olympic hockey tournament at Shayba Arena on Feb. 19, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

U.S. Rips Czech Republic To Set Up Dream Rematch With Canada In Semifinals

Dustin Brown banged in a go-ahead goal late in the first period and the United States went on to dominate the Czech Republic 5-2 Wednesday, earning a spot in the Olympic hockey semifinals for the second straight time.

02/19/2014

James van Riemsdyk #21 of the United States skates against the Czech Republic during the Men's Ice Hockey Quarterfinal Playoff on Day 12 of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at Shayba Arena on February 19, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Silverman: Americans No Longer Have To Play Role Of Underdogs On Hockey Stage

The Canadians are ripe for the taking. The Americans know it, and the Canadians are about to find it out.

02/19/2014

Team USA forward Phil Kessel, right celebrates with Joe Pavelski. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Young Legs Will Carry USA Past Czech Republic In Quarterfinals

The United States wanted to set a tone in the preliminary round of the Olympic ice hockey tournament for a reason. The Americans knew a bye into the quarters was a must.

02/18/2014

USA's Phil Kessel celebrates with Joe Pavelski after Kessel scored his second goal in against Slovenia in the Winter Olympics on Feb. 16, 2014. (credit: Getty Images)

Winter Olympics: Phil Kessel’s Hat Trick Propels Red-Hot Americans Past Slovenia

Phil Kessel scored two of his three goals in the opening 4:33 and became the first U.S. player with an Olympic hat trick in more than a decade.

02/16/2014

Andrew Ference and Milan Lucic (credit: Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Four Reasons To Feel Optimistic About Bruins Heading Into Playoffs

It’s easy to be down on the Bruins right now, but here’s why you should like their matchup in the first round of the playoffs.

04/29/2013

P.A. Parenteau

Islanders Fail Huge Test In Toronto

Matthew Lombardi scored two goals and Jonas Gustavsson made 25 saves as the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the New York Islanders 3-0 on Monday night in the first game of a home-and-home series.

WFAN–01/23/2012

Martin Biron (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Biron And Rangers Blank Maple Leafs, 3-0

Martin Biron blanked the Maple Leafs, as the Rangers won 3-0. The Blueshirts are the first NHL team to reach 60 points this season.

WFAN–01/14/2012

Sean Avery

Rangers Rule The Garden — Except When Leafs Come To Town

Phil Kessel had two assists to add to his NHL-leading point total, and the Toronto Maple Leafs snapped the New York Rangers’ five-game winning streak with a 4-2 victory Monday.

WFAN–12/05/2011

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Islanders Take On Leafs

The Maple Leafs look to defeat the Islanders for the third time in a month Tuesday night at Nassau Coliseum.

WFAN–03/08/2011

Islanders-Maple Leafs

Isles Lose Momentum Up In Toronto

Phil Kessel’s goal with less than five minutes to play snapped a tie and gave the Toronto Maple Leafs a 2-1 victory over the New York Islanders on Tuesday night.

WFAN–02/22/2011

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Improving Leafs Face Islanders

Looking for their first road victory in nearly a month, the Maple Leafs will try to snap a three-game losing streak against the Islanders on Tuesday night at Nassau Coliseum.

WFAN–02/08/2011

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