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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
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Phil Kessel scored Pittsburgh's only goal in their 2-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche.
Kessel broke Avs goalie Jonathan Bernier's shutout with just 12 seconds remaining in the game. The goal allowed Kessel to extend his point streak to five games. He's also accumulated 13 points in his last 10 contests. The Penguins winger now has 15 goals and 37 points in 32 games this season. Dec 11 - 10:57 PM

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Phil Kessel scored a power play goal in Thursday’s 4-3 overtime win over the New York Islanders.

Kessel’s goal at the 7:29 mark of the third period gave the Penguins a 2-1 lead at the time. The Pens built up a 3-1 lead, but they allowed the Isles to score back-to-back goals in the final five minutes of the third frame. Thankfully for Pittsburgh, defenseman Matt Hunwick scored the game-winner just 1:29 into overtime. Kessel has now scored a goal in three straight games. He has 14 goals and 35 points in 30 games this season.
Dec 7 - 10:12 PM

Phil Kessel scored two goals and two assists in Saturday's 5-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Kessel’s first goal (scored on the power play) gave the Penguins a 2-0 lead, while his second tally of the night made it 4-0 for his team in the second frame. The Pens winger also helped set up both of Sidney Crosby’s goals. He now has 16 points in his last 10 contests. Kessel is up to 11 goals and 20 assists in 25 games.
Nov 25 - 10:11 PM

Phil Kessel registered two assists in the Penguins' 5-2 loss to Vancouver on Wednesday.

That was Kessel's third multi-point game in the span of five contests. That gives him eight goals and 26 points in 23 contests in 2017-18. While we don't expect him to quite maintain his current pace, as long as he stays healthy we think he'll finish with more than 70 points.
Nov 23 - 6:49 AM

Phil Kessel had a goal and an assist in the Penguins' 5-4 overtime win against Buffalo Tuesday night.

Kessel has found the back of the net in four consecutive games. This was also his third multi-point contest over that four-game span. That gives him eight goals and 24 points in 20 games this season. He might slow down a bit from his current point-per-game pace, but he's certainly capable of surpassing the 70-point milestone.
Nov 15 - 5:18 AM

Phil Kessel scored a goal and an assist in Saturday's 5-4 shootout loss to the Nashville Predators

Kessel's goal in the second period cut Pittsburgh's deficit to 3-2 at the time. He also helped set up Brian Dumoulin's game-tying goal (4-4) later on. Kessel finished the night with a plus-2 rating, two penalty minutes and four shots on goal in 21:11 of ice time. The Penguins forward has seven goals and 22 points in 19 games. He's currently riding a four-game point streak.
Nov 12 - 12:42 AM

Phil Kessel scored a goal in Friday's 4-1 loss to the Washington Capitals.

Kessel's goal was a little fluky, as his pass, which was intended for Evgeni Malkin, was tipped into the net by a Capitals player. Kessel has been fantastic for the Pens this season, as he's now picked up 18 points in his last 14 games. He's up to six goals and 20 points in 18 games this season. Kessel needs to be started in all fantasy formats whenever his team is in action.
Nov 10 - 10:44 PM

Phil Kessel scored a goal and registered two assists in the Penguins' 3-1 win over Arizona on Tuesday.

That's Kessel's second multi-point game in the span of four contests. He's up to five goals and 19 points in 17 contests. He might not maintain his current pace, but it wouldn't be surprising to see him reach the 70-point milestone for the second straight campaign.
Nov 8 - 5:53 AM

Phil Kessel picked up a pair of assists with a hit in 18:31 of ice time Wednesday in Edmonton.

Kessel is working on a five-game streak with at least one point, posting two goals with four assists. He also has three goals with 10 assists across the past 10 outings and he hasn't gone without a point in back-to-back outing so far this season. The Penguins have been a bit erratic as a whole, but Kessel has been very consistent.
Nov 1 - 11:47 PM

If the Penguins' game on Saturday against Minnesota goes into overtime, and Phil Kessel scores the winning goal, he will set a franchise record.

He will become the first Penguin player to score the winning goal in three consecutive regular season overtime games. As it stands now, Kessel shares the record with Alexei Morozov.
Oct 28 - 12:06 PM

Phil Kessel scored the winning goal in overtime in a 2-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets.

The goal was Kessel's 300th of his career, becoming the 18th American-born player to reach the 300 goal club. He went in all alone during the OT period and slid the puck right between Hellebuyck's pads to win it for the Penguins. Kessel now has four goals and 11 points in 11 games this season.
Oct 26 - 10:44 PM

Phil Kessel scored the game-winning goal in Tuesday's 2-1 overtime win over the Edmonton Oilers.

It took Kessel just 42 seconds to give the Penguins the win in the extra frame. Evgeni Malkin picked up the lone assist on Kessel's tally. Kessel finished tonight's contest with five shots on goal in 17:51 of ice time. The Penguins forward now has three goals and 10 points in 10 games this season. Ian Cole also found the back of the net for Pittsburgh.
Oct 24 - 9:42 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Sidney Crosby
2Evgeni Malkin
3Carter Rowney
4Riley Sheahan
LW1Jake Guentzel
2Bryan Rust
3Carl Hagelin
4Tom Kuhnhackl
RW1Phil Kessel
2Patric Hornqvist
3Conor Sheary
4Ryan Reaves
5Josh Archibald
6Dominik Simon
D1Kris Letang
2Justin Schultz
3Brian Dumoulin
4Olli Maatta
5Ian Cole
6Chad Ruhwedel
7Matt Hunwick
8Kevin Czuczman
G1Matt Murray
2Tristan Jarry