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NHL: Toronto 5, Montreal 3

TORONTO, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- James van Riemsdyk put Toronto ahead with 5:33 left in the third period Saturday and the Maple Leafs went on to post a 5-3 victory over Montreal.

NHL: Toronto 4, Boston 3

BOSTON, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Tyler Bozak provided two goals and an assist Tuesday and the Toronto Maple Leafs bested Boston 4-3 for their first regulation road win since Oct. 30.

NHL: Washington 3, Toronto 2

WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Nicklas Backstrom and Joel Ward scored third-period goals Friday that rallied Washington to a 3-2 win over Toronto.

Ryan Miller, Patrick Kane among U.S. Olympic hockey picks

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Jan. 1 (UPI) -- Goalie Ryan Miller, MVP of the 2010 silver medalists, and high-scoring Patrick Kane were among those selected to the U.S. men's Olympic hockey team Wednesday.

NHL: Toronto 5, Carolina 2

TORONTO, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Phil Kessel scored twice and Jonathan Bernier stopped 41-of-43 shots Sunday in the Toronto Maple Leafs' 5-2 spanking of Carolina.

NHL: Toronto 4, Buffalo 3 (SO)

TORONTO, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- Joffrey Lupul produced the only goal of the shootout in the second round Friday, giving Toronto a 4-3 victory over Buffalo.

NHL: Toronto 4, Ottawa 3 (SO)

OTTAWA, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- James van Riemsdyk notched a regulation goal and another during a shootout Saturday in the Toronto Maple Leafs' 4-3 victory over Ottawa.

NHL: San Jose 4, Toronto 2

TORONTO, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Brad Stuart got a go-ahead goal in the second period Saturday and the streaking San Jose Sharks went on to notch a sixth straight win, 4-2 over Toronto.

NHL: Buffalo 3, Toronto 2 (OT)

BUFFALO, N.Y., Nov. 29 (UPI) -- Christian Ehrhoff scored just 35 seconds into overtime Friday to bring Buffalo a 3-2 victory over Toronto.

NHL: Pittsburgh 6, Toronto 5 (SO)

PITTSBURGH, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin scored in the shootout Wednesday to complete a big comeback and bring the Penguins a 6-5 win over Toronto.

NHL: Toronto 5, New York Islanders 2

TORONTO, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Phil Kessel scored his 11th and 12th goals of the season Tuesday, propelling the Toronto Maple Leafs over the New York Islanders 5-2.

NHL: Toronto 2, New Jersey 1 (SO)

TORONTO, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- James van Riemsdyk came through with the only goal of the shootout Friday, giving Toronto a 2-1 victory over New Jersey.

NHL:Toronto 4, Edmonton 0

EDMONTON, Alberta, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Phil Kessel scored two goals and James Reimer posted his first shutout of the season Tuesday in Toronto's 4-0 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.

NHL: Toronto 4, Pittsburgh 1

TORONTO, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- James Reimer stopped 37-of-38 shots and Nazem Kadri netted the go-ahead goal Saturday, lifting the Toronto Maple Leafs over Pittsburgh 4-1.

NHL: Columbus 5, Toronto 2

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Marian Gaborik scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period Friday and Columbus went on to defeat Toronto 5-2.
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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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