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Phil Kessel’s strong series for Leafs ends in defeat

Phil Kessel has heard the taunts from Bruins fans, “Thank You, Kessel” chants that reference the trade that enabled the Bruins to draft Tyler Seguin in 2010.

But Kessel had a big series for the Maple Leafs, and his fourth goal of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals gave Toronto a 3-1 lead early in the third period of Game 7 Monday night at TD Garden. A little over three minutes later, Kessel assisted on the goal that pushed the Leafs’ advantage to 4-1.

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