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Phil Kessel | Winger | #81

Team: Pittsburgh Penguins
Age / DOB:  (30) / 10/2/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 202
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 1 (5) / BOS
Contract: view contract details

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Phil Kessel chipped in two assists in Friday's 4-3 win over Florida.
Kessel also had six shots on goal and both of his helpers were earned on the power play. He has posted one goal and six assists over a four-game point streak. Oct 21 - 10:26 AM

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Phil Kessel scored Pittsburgh's only goal in their ugly 10-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks.

The two-time defending Stanley Cup champions were thoroughly embarrassed tonight. Kessel's power play goal in the second period cut the deficit to 5-1, but that's as close as the Penguins would come to making it a game. The goal was Kessel's first point of the season. Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin picked up the assists on the Penguins' only goal. Pittsburgh is now 0-1-1 this season.
Oct 5 - 11:33 PM

Penguins GM Jim Rutherford countered recently rumors that the Penguins will trade Phil Kessel.

"Phil Kessel's an important part of the Penguins," Rutherford said on 93.7 The Fan. "He gets a lot of points. He scores big goals. He sets up big goals. The more impact players that you have, like we have, the better chance you have of winning." The general manager went on to say that while he won't rule out the possibility of Kessel someday being traded again he doesn't foresee it happening right now. Kessel hasn't found the back of the net with the same frequency that he did with Toronto, but he certainly has had a big impact offensively. He had 23 goals and 70 points in 82 games last season and then another eight goals and 23 points in 24 playoff contests.
Jul 14 - 10:00 AM

Phil Kessel scored a goal and two assists in Pittsburgh's 6-0 win over Nashville in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final on Thursday night.

Kessel came into this game having collected just two assists in his last six contests, but he exploded tonight. The Penguins forward found the back of the net at the 8:02 mark of the second period to give his team a 5-0 lead at the time. Kessel also helped set up Evgeni Malkin's first-period goal and Ron Hainsey's marker in the third frame. Kessel now has eight goals and 23 points in 24 games during the postseason. The Penguins are just one win away from becoming the first team in the salary cap era to hoist the Stanley Cup in back-to-back years. Game 6 will be played in Nashville on Sunday night.
Jun 8 - 11:51 PM

Evgeni Malkin believes that Phil Kessel's scoring drought will end Thursday night.

"It's his time to score," Malkin said of Kessel. "He likes to play in tough situations. Now it's time to show leadership and (have) a good game. It's time to score. We play at home. It's our building, our emotion. Me and Phil, we need to bring our game and help the team win." Kessel has gone six straight games without a goal and he has just two assists during that span.
Jun 7 - 4:00 PM

Phil Kessel hasn't found the back of the net in six games.

Kessel has 20 points in 23 games during the postseason, but he's only managed to pick up two assists during his scoring slump. Kessel also has just one goal in his last nine playoff contests. The Penguins will need him to get going if they're going to win their second consecutive Stanley Cup title.
Jun 6 - 10:58 PM

Phil Kessel has only one goal in his last eight games.

That goal was a meaningless one as well as it was the sixth goal in a 7-0 whitewashing of the Ottawa Senators in Game 5 of the third round. Kessel still has 20 points in 22 playoff games this season including seven markers and if he is able to break loose, that could push the Penguins to another Stanley Cup.
Jun 4 - 9:58 AM

It doesn't appear as though Phil Kessel's play has been impressing coach Mike Sullivan.

Kessel was taken off Evgeni Malkin's line in the second period on Monday night and he was replaced by Patric Hornqvist. He logged just 3:45 of even-strength action in the second stanza and saw 4:57 of playing time in third, which included 1:06 on the power play. Kessel has recorded just seven of his 19 points this postseason at even strength. He is also is averaging 2.8 shots per game after he had a 4.1 average in the playoffs last year. Kessel will need to be better in Game 2 versus Nashville and it will be interesting to see if he stays on a line with Nick Bonino instead of Malkin.
May 31 - 11:17 AM

Phil Kessel has picked up six points in his last six contests heading into the Stanley Cup Final.

Teammates Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby are the only two players that have recorded more points than him this postseason. Kessel has seven goals and 19 points in 19 contests during the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
May 26 - 8:50 PM

Phil Kessel recorded an assist in Pittsburgh's 3-2 2OT win against Ottawa in Game 7 Thursday night.

Kessel has only been held off the scoresheet once in his last six games. He has seven goals and 19 points in 19 playoff games this year.
May 26 - 10:55 AM

Phil Kessel has scored 16 playoff goals over the last two years.

That ties him with San Jose's Joe Pavelski for the most by any NHL player. Kessel has six goals and 14 points in 14 matches this postseason. He has 29 career playoff markers and 57 points in 60 contests.
May 17 - 3:55 PM

Veteran Phil Kessel scored the only goal Monday night during the Pittsburgh Penguins' 1-0 shutout of the visiting Ottawa Senators in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final.

The series is now tied 1-1, with Game 3 to be played in Ottawa on Wednesday night. Kessel scored his fifth goal of the playoffs Monday after taking a pass in full stride just inside the Ottawa blueline from Evgeni Malkin. Kessel's initial shot was blocked by Jean-Gabriel Pageau but the high-scoring right winger immediately got the puck back and ripped a wrist shot past Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson with 6:55 remaining in the third period. Kessel, who was visibly frustrated on the bench in the first five periods of this series, had not scored a goal in three games. Malkin drew his 14th assist of the playoffs when Kessel ended his drought Monday. Olli Maatta was also credited with an assist, his fifth. The Pens outshot the Sens 29-23. Pittsburgh outshot Ottawa 12-6 in the second period and had the first eight shots of the third.
May 15 - 11:06 PM

Phil Kessel has one goal and no assists in his last five contests.

He hasn't posted a point in three consecutive contests. This is the the first time in two postseasons with the Penguins that he has experienced a scoring skid of that length.
May 15 - 2:50 PM

The Pittsburgh Penguins might use the HBK line of Carl Hagelin, Nick Bonino, and Phil Kessel in Game 6 on Monday.

That line was very effective in the 2016 playoffs and played a key role in eliminating Washington in that year's second round series. The trio hasn't played together much in 2016-17, but they were united for Monday's practice. "There's a possibility we could go back to that tonight," Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said of the HBK line. "If we do, it's because we believe it's a good line and they potentially could be a difference-maker for us." It would also help counter the Capitals' decision to move Alex Ovechkin to the third line in Game 5. With Ovechkin moved down, Washington's offense has been spread out and putting Kessel on Pittsburgh's third line would do the same for the Penguins.
May 8 - 4:15 PM

Phil Kessel scored a goal in Saturday's 4-2 loss to the Capitals in Game 5.

Kessel's power play goal in the second period gave the Penguins a 2-1 lead at the time. Unfortunately for Pittsburgh, the Capitals scored three unanswered goals in the third frame to win the game. Kessel finished the night with a minus-2 rating and one shot on goal in 14:46 of ice time. The Penguins forward now has five goals and 13 points in 10 games this postseason. Despite tonight's loss, the Penguins still hold a 3-2 advantage in the series. They'll host Game 6 on Monday night.
May 6 - 10:06 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Sidney Crosby
2Evgeni Malkin
3Greg McKegg
4Carter Rowney
LW1Jake Guentzel
2Bryan Rust
3Carl Hagelin
4Scott Wilson
5Tom Kuhnhackl
RW1Phil Kessel
2Patric Hornqvist
3Conor Sheary
4Ryan Reaves
5Josh Archibald
D1Kris Letang
2Justin Schultz
3Brian Dumoulin
4Olli Maatta
5Ian Cole
6Chad Ruhwedel
7Matt Hunwick
8Zach Trotman
G1Matt Murray
2Antti Niemi