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New Jersey keeps playoff hopes alive, holds off Toronto

New Jersey keeps playoff hopes alive, holds off Toronto

New Jersey kept its playoff hopes alive with a 3-2 win over the slumping Toronto Maple Leafs, one of the teams the Devils are trying to catch.

NHL: Tampa Bay 5, Toronto 3

Steven Stamkos netted a natural hat trick, while both Ryan Malone and Valtteri Filppula added two assists in Tampa Bay's 5-3 victory over Toronto.
Ducks try to build momentum in Calgary

Ducks try to build momentum in Calgary

The Anaheim Ducks will try to avoid losing four straight games for only the second time this season when they visit the Calgary Flames on Wednesday night.
Surging Sharks welcome Maple Leafs

Surging Sharks welcome Maple Leafs

The San Jose Sharks hope to gain some additional ground in the race for the Pacific Division title, as they shoot for a third straight win in Tuesday's home test against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

NHL: New York Islanders 5, Toronto 4 (OT)

UNIONDALE, N.Y., Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Lubomir Visnovsky's goal 1:55 into overtime Thursday boosted the New York Islanders to a 5-4 victory over Toronto in a game that featured a wild third period.
Olympic Roundup: Dutch add to huge figure skating haul

Olympic Roundup: Dutch add to huge figure skating haul

SOCHI, Russia, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- The Dutch reduced their speed skating rivals to complete frustration and Bode Miller was reduced to tears Sunday to start the second half of the Olympics.
U.S. clinches berth in Olympic hockey quarterfinals

U.S. clinches berth in Olympic hockey quarterfinals

SOCHI, Russia, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- A hat trick by Phil Kessel and a near shutout by Ryan Miller Sunday carried the United States to a 5-1 win over Slovenia and quarterfinal berth in the Olympics.
U.S. men's Olympic hockey team crush Slovakia 7-1

U.S. men's Olympic hockey team crush Slovakia 7-1

SOCHI, Russia, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- The U.S. men's hockey team beat Slovakia 7-1 Thursday in their first game at the Sochi Winter Olympics.
Brooks Hays

NHL: Toronto 3, Vancouver 1

TORONTO, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- U.S. Olympian Phil Kessel scored a decisive goal in the third period Saturday, boosting the Toronto Maple Leafs over reeling Vancouver 3-1.

NHL: Washington 4, Winnipeg 2

WASHINGTON, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- Alex Ovechkin produced the deciding score during a three-goal third period Thursday that rallied Washington to a 4-2 win over Winnipeg.

NHL: Toronto 6, Ottawa 3

TORONTO, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Toronto's Phil Kessel logged his fifth career hat trick Saturday, powering the Maple Leafs' 6-3 victory over Ottawa.

NHL: Toronto 3, Tampa Bay 2

TORONTO, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- James van Riemsdyk netted the go-ahead goal late in the game and Jonathan Bernier made 40 saves Tuesday, elevating the Toronto Maple Leafs over Tampa Bay 3-2.

NHL: Winnipeg 5, Toronto 4 (OT)

WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Dustin Byfuglien's wrist shot 2:44 into overtime got past Jonathan Bernier for the game-winning goal Saturday, boosting the Winnipeg Jets over Toronto 5-4.

NHL: Toronto 5, Colorado 2

DENVER, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Phil Kessel had two goals for Toronto Tuesday and the Maple Leafs extended their winning streak to six games with a 5-2 road win over Colorado.

NHL: Toronto 4, Phoenix 2

GLENDALE, Ariz., Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Jonathan Bernier stopped 39-of-41 shots and the Toronto Maple Leafs recorded a fifth straight win Monday, 4-2 over Phoenix.
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Boston Bruins right wing Phil Kessel (81) scores on Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) in the second period at Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh on December 30, 2008. (UPI Photo/Archie Carpenter)
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Philip Joseph Kessel, Jr. (born October 2, 1987) is an American professional ice hockey forward currently playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League (NHL). Kessel is a product of USA Hockey's National Development Team and became that program's all-time leader for goals and points in his final 2004–05 year. Kessel finished his amateur career by playing collegiate hockey for the University of Minnesota in the WCHA. He was the fifth-overall pick of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, taken by the Boston Bruins. In his rookie season, he was awarded the prestigious Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.

Kessel had an outstanding 2004–05 junior season, one in which many NHL scouts ranked him as a prospect comparable to Sidney Crosby (and one of The Next Ones). Born in October, Kessel missed the 2005 NHL Entry Draft cutoff by only one month. However, in 2005–06, Kessel experienced several setbacks that hurt his ranking as a prospect. Considered the most talented player on the favored United States team in the 2006 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, he scored only one goal and the team finished in fourth. His college performance was less spectacular than expected; by season's end he was playing third-line minutes for a loaded Minnesota Golden Gophers squad, though he did score 18 goals and finish with 51 total points, a solid season for a freshman forward.

Kessel was still viewed highly enough that he was drafted fifth overall in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft by the Boston Bruins. Prior to the draft he dropped in ranking from first to second place among the North American skaters and in the final ranking he was ranked fourth among the North American skaters. At one point during his draft year he was projected to be the number 1 overall pick but was ultimately surpassed by Erik Johnson and then continued to drop.

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It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Phil Kessel."
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