NHL roundup: Leafs’ Phil Kessel remains on fire

Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel celebrated his second goal of the game during the third period.
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Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel celebrated his second goal of the game during the third period.

Phil Kessel left most of his talking on the ice, but saved a little more for the dressing room.

Kessel scored three goals, and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Ottawa Senators, 6-3, on Saturday night for their sixth straight win at home.

He was his usual subdued self in a rare postgame scrum following a four-point night.


‘‘It was a big win for us, obviously, and the fans were good and we found a way,’’ said Kessel, who last had four points at Edmonton on Oct. 29. ‘‘I've had chances in a couple games before. They went in tonight.’’

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With 5:59 left, Tyler Bozak fed a pass to Kessel, who scored his 30th goal of the season to complete his hat trick and give Toronto a 4-3 lead.

Kessel is second in the NHL in goals this season. Toronto’s streak is its longest since the Maple Leafs concluded the 2006-07 season with 10 straight home victories. They have won five straight over Ottawa.

Bozak stretched the lead to two goals with 1:33 remaining, one-timing a pass from Kessel past Craig Anderson for his 11th goal. Nazem Kadri added an empty-netter with 28 seconds to go. Lupul also scored for Toronto.

Chris Neil scored two goals, and Colin Greening added one for Ottawa (24-21-10).


Kessel gave Toronto its first lead at 7:34 of the third period on a power play. He beat Anderson to the top corner with a wrist shot from the top of the circle.

Lightning 2, Canadiens 1 — Nate Thompson scored twice, including the winner at 4:36 of overtime, and Ben Bishop stopped 28 shots to give Tampa the victory in Montreal.

Daniel Briere scored for Montreal and Carey Price made 34 saves.

Thompson scored the clincher when Alex Killorn found him all alone in from of Price.

After the Lightning took a 1-0 lead in the second period, Briere tied it at 7:25 of the third, taking a cross-ice pass from captain Brian Gionta and firing home his ninth of the season over Bishop’s shoulder. The goal was Briere’s second in as many games.


Thompson was credited with the game’s first goal, at 5:58 of the second, after defenseman P.K. Subban put the puck in his own net.

Sparks flew late in the second when Brandon Prust and Bishop shared a few words and exchanged punches during a TV timeout.

Prust approached Bishop, who took offense at his comments and swung at the Montreal forward’s head. Prust answered with a couple of jabs of his own before referees separated them.

All players on the ice got involved in the scrum. Five players were penalized on the play, including Price for leaving his crease. Bishop and Prust each got a minor penalty.

Coyotes 3, Penguins 1 — Zbynek Michalek scored against his former team, his first goal in 83 games, and host Phoenix became the first Pacific Division team to beat Pittsburgh in regulation this season. Mike Ribeiro had a goal and an assist and Radim Vrbata scored the third goal for the Coyotes.

Stars 2, Ducks 0 — Dan Ellis, who had sat out since Jan. 12, made 26 saves against his former team and Trevor Daley scored in the second period as host Anaheim was shut out for the first time all season.

Flyers 2, Kings 0 — Steve Mason posted his second shutout in three games with 35 saves and Wayne Simmonds scored his 100th NHL goal, leading Philadelphia past host Los Angeles.

Blue Jackets 4, Panthers 1 — Linemates Ryan Johansen and Boone Jenner each had a goal and an assist in the first period, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 36 saves to lead host Columbus past Florida. After Brad Boyes cut Florida’s deficit to 2-1 early in the second, Nick Foligno and Mark Letestu scored for the Blue Jackets.

Sharks 2, Blackhawks 1 — Joe Pavelski scored a shorthanded goal in the third and then joined Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton were 3 for 3 in the shootout as host San Jose beat Chicago.

Flames 4, Wild 3 — Mikael Backlund scored two goals, including the winner 2:25 into OT as Calgary completed a 5-0 homestand for the first time since 1997.

Blues 4, Predators 3 — Vladimir Tarasenko scored and added an assist in regulation, and then netted the deciding goal in the shootout to lead host St. Louis.

Avalanche 7, Sabres 1 — Jamie McGinn had two goals and an assist, Gabriel Landeskog also had two goals, and Colorado routed visiting Buffalo.