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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 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

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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

Phil Kessel recorded an assist in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Capitals in Game 3 Monday night.

Kessel has only been held off the scoresheet in one of his last six contests. He has four goals and 12 points in eight playoff games.
May 2 - 10:55 AM

Phil Kessel scored two goals and registered an assist in the Penguins' 5-2 win over Washington in Game 2 Saturday night.

Kessel has excelled in the 2017 playoffs with four goals and 11 points in seven games. Jake Guentzel also came up big on Saturday with two goals and an assist of his own. Evgeni Malkin and Matt Cullen each scored a goal and registered a helper. For Malkin, that puts him up to 13 points in seven games. Sidney Crosby registered two assists, giving him 11 points in the Penguins' playoff run.
Apr 29 - 11:26 PM

Phil Kessel didn't participate in Sunday's practice.

Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said afterwards that Kessel had a maintenance day. The Penguins are just resting and waiting for the start of the second round, so Kessel skipping a morning skate isn't alarming.
Apr 23 - 1:09 PM

Phil Kessel picked up a goal and two assists in Thursday's 5-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The win allows the Penguins to knock off the Blue Jackets in just five games, which is pretty impressive considering they haven't had Kris Letang in their lineup. Kessel opened the scoring with a power play goal at the 9:07 mark of the first period before setting up goals by Bryan Rust (2-0) and Sidney Crosby (4-2). Kessel finished the series with eight points in five contests. You're all smiles if you picked Kessel in your playoff pool.
Apr 20 - 9:43 PM

Phil Kessel picked up three assists in Tuesday's 5-4 loss to the Blue Jackets.

Kessel helped set up Patric Hornqvist's power play goal (3-1) in the second period, Ron Hainsey's goal (3-2) less than 10 minutes later and Jake Guentzel's shorthanded goal (5-4) in the third. Kessel finished the game with a plus-2 rating and four shots on goal in 20:21 of ice time. He has one goal and five assists in four games this postseason. The Penguins lead the series 3-1 with Game 5 going Thursday night in Pittsburgh.
Apr 18 - 11:12 PM

Phil Kessel picked up a goal and an assist in Wednesday's 3-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Despite being outshot 16-3 in the first period, the Pens were able to head into the first intermission with the score still tied 0-0. Pittsburgh had much more jump in the second frame as they outshot Columbus 16-4 and they managed to find the back of the net three times. Kessel picked up the primary assist on Bryan Rust's goal (1-0) before adding a power play goal 2:30 later (2-0). The Pens now lead the best-of-seven series 1-0. Game 2 will be played in Pittsburgh on Friday night.
Apr 12 - 10:34 PM

Phil Kessel scored his 23rd of the season on Saturday.

It was the first time in six games against Toronto that he has picked up a point since he was traded from the Maple Leafs. It was also his first goal in 11 games and only his second in the past 25. He has 69 points and leads the Penguins with 46 assists. He is a third round selection next season in pools that just use points as a category.
Apr 9 - 9:53 AM

Phil Kessel matched his career-high in assists during Sunday's 3-2 win over the Hurricanes.

Kessel now has 45 helpers and 67 points in 78 games this season.
Apr 2 - 10:03 PM

Phil Kessel is closing in on his career-high in assists.

Kessel picked up his 41st helper and 63rd point of the season through 72 games during Sunday's 4-0 win over the Panthers. He needs just four more assists to match his career high in that department.
Mar 19 - 5:56 PM

The move to left wing on Friday proved beneficial to Phil Kessel.

Kessel had gone his last 13 games without finding the back of the net but that was not the case on Friday as Kessel potted his 22nd goal of the season. "I talked to him this morning," coach Mike Sullivan said. "I asked him how he liked playing the left side. He says, ‘Hey, I didn't mind it. It was a little bit different.' He likes coming down that off side. We'll see how it goes. It all depends on who we have available for our lineup and what kind of lines we put together, the lefty-righty thing, who's comfortable where. But it is encouraging to know we can use Phil on both sides." Kessel has 62 points in 70 games and is also a must start in pools.
Mar 19 - 7:09 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Sidney Crosby
2Evgeni Malkin
3Nick Bonino
4Matt Cullen
5Oskar Sundqvist
LW1Jake Guentzel
2Bryan Rust
3Carl Hagelin
4Scott Wilson
5Chris Kunitz
RW1Phil Kessel
2Patric Hornqvist
3Conor Sheary
4Tom Kuhnhackl
5Carter Rowney
6Josh Archibald
D1Kris Letang
2Justin Schultz
3Trevor Daley
4Olli Maatta
5Ian Cole
6Ron Hainsey
7Brian Dumoulin
8Mark Streit
G1Matt Murray
2Marc-Andre Fleury
3Tristan Jarry