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Phil Kessel | Winger | #81

Team: Pittsburgh Penguins
Age / DOB:  (29) / 10/2/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 202
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 1 (5) / BOS
Contract: view contract details

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Phil Kessel scored a goal and an assist in Friday's 7-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes.
Kessel assisted on Carl Hagelin's goal early in the second period that made it 2-0 at the time and he scored one of his own just over 10 minutes later. Kessel now has 14 goals and 44 points in 45 games this season. Bryan Rust, Conor Sheary, Evgeni Malkin and Justin Schultz all had multi-point efforts in the blowout win. Jan 20 - 10:05 PM

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Phil Kessel is on a six-game point streak.

Kessel assisted on both of the Penguins' goals in a 5-2 loss to Washington on Wednesday. He has 13 goals and 41 points in 40 contests in 2016-17.
Jan 12 - 11:36 AM

Phil Kessel found the back of the net in Pittsburgh's 7-0 win over Arizona on Monday.

Kessel has only been held off the scoresheet once in his last six games. He has 10 goals and 31 points in 29 contests in 2016-17.
Tue, Dec 13, 2016 10:36:00 AM

Phil Kessel had three assists on Saturday.

It was his second three point night in three games as the talented winger is now up to 30 points, including nine goals, in 28 games. The Penguins have a lot of offensive weapons, including Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin and Kessel just adds to the arsenal. He is a must start.
Sun, Dec 11, 2016 10:08:00 AM

Phil Kessel has been playing on the second line with Evgeni Malkin and Carl Hagelin of late.

Kessel has eight goals this season with four finding the back of the net in the last six games. He played a lot last season with Malkin but the chemistry was not there. Thus far this season, the story has been different and Kessel is starting to shoot more. "I thought he was on the puck," coach Mike Sullivan said of Kessel, who picked up his first multi-goal game of the season. "He’s a threat. He’s got such a great shot. Whether it’s off the rush, underneath the hashmarks as part of the cycle game. I thought he did a better job of tonight of participating in that aspect of the game. We preach to this team all the time that we have to be a team that can generate offense different ways."
Sun, Dec 4, 2016 08:57:00 AM

Phil Kessel scored twice, including the game-winning goal at the 10:54 mark of the third period, as the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Detroit Red Wings 5-3 Saturday night.

Kessel’s goal was part of four unanswered in the third period as the Penguins entered the period with a 3-1 deficit. Kessel also scored the first Penguins goal in the second period. Carl Hagelin had assists on both markers.
Sat, Dec 3, 2016 09:50:00 PM

Stanley Cup champion Phil Kessel notched his 600th career point during Friday's 6-2 loss to the Wild.

The point, a goal, gives him points in four of his last five games with seven overall in that span. For the season, he's now up to six goals and 21 points in 21 games. Kessel continues to rank 38th all-time in points by an American with 15 points to go before catching Chris Drury. Kessel ranks fifth however among active Americans, 22 behind Jason Pominville.
Fri, Nov 25, 2016 09:13:00 PM

Phil Kessel picked up a pair of assists Monday.

Kessel played alongside Evgeni Malkin and rookie Jake Guentzel who scored twice in his NHL debut. Kessel has only four goals in 19 games this season but has been more than contributing as he has 14 helpers. He is a must start and should start scoring soon.
Tue, Nov 22, 2016 08:59:00 AM

Phil Kessel scored a goal in Wednesday's 7-1 loss to the Washington Capitals.

Kessel got the Penguins on the board with 3:32 remaining in the game and his team trailing 6-0 at the time. The Pens forward has four goals and 10 assists in 16 games this season. Kessel's picked up four points in his last four games.
Wed, Nov 16, 2016 10:42:00 PM

Phil Kessel scored a goal and two assists in Thursday's 4-2 win over the New York Islanders.

Two of Kessel's three points came on the power play, as he helped set up Patric Hornqvist's first period goal on the man-advantage and he added one of his own in the third period. Kessel also had the primary assist on Evgeni Malkin's go-ahead goal in the final frame. Kessel has now picked up at least one point in back-to-back games and three of his last four. The Pens winger has three goals and seven points in eight games in 2016-17.
Thu, Oct 27, 2016 09:55:00 PM

Phil Kessel registered an assist in a 3-2 win against San Jose on Thursday.

Kessel has two goals and three points in five contests in 2016-17. All of his points thus far have been recorded on the power play.
Fri, Oct 21, 2016 10:51:00 AM

Phil Kessel scored a goal in Pittsburgh's 4-3 overtime loss to Colorado on Monday.

Kessel has now found the back of the net in back-to-back games. His marker on Monday was also the 275th of his career.
Tue, Oct 18, 2016 05:37:00 AM

Phil Kessel scored a power play goal at the 7:58 minute mark of the second period in Saturday night’s 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks.

Kessel’s goal was the game winner. Ian Cole scored late in the first period with Conor Sheary sinking a puck at the 2:03 minute mark of the second. This was fourth straight home win by the Penguins over Anaheim.
Sat, Oct 15, 2016 11:08:00 PM

Phil Kessel made his preseason debut in Pittsburgh's 5-2 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday.

Kessel was making his way back from July hand surgery. He finished the game with a minus-2 rating, four shots on goal and one giveaway in 21:13 of ice time (6:21 of that was on the power play). On a positive note, it's good to know that Kessel will be ready for the regular season opener. Carter Rowney and Kris Letang found the back of the net for the Penguins in this one.
Wed, Oct 5, 2016 10:15:00 PM

Phil Kessel (hand) might not participate in any preseason games.

Kessel is on his way back from hand surgery in July. It's possible that he'll play in the Penguins' opener even if he doesn't get in any ice time during the exhibition schedule.
Mon, Sep 26, 2016 04:34:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Sidney Crosby
2Evgeni Malkin
3Nick Bonino
4Matt Cullen
5Jake Guentzel
6Scott Wilson
LW1Chris Kunitz
2Carl Hagelin
3Conor Sheary
4Eric Fehr
RW1Phil Kessel
2Patric Hornqvist
3Bryan Rust
4Tom Kuhnhackl
D1Kris Letang
2Olli Maatta
3Justin Schultz
4Trevor Daley
5Steven Oleksy
6Ian Cole
7Chad Ruhwedel
8Brian Dumoulin
9Cameron Gaunce
G1Marc-Andre Fleury
2Matt Murray