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Kessel scores first of the season, Leafs comeback and win 3-2

Posted on February 8, 2013 at 9:30 AM

Phil Kessel snaps a shot past Ondrej Pavelec for his first goal of the season as the Toronto Maple Leafs comeback and win 3-2 over the Winnipeg Jets

After 46 shots and 11 games, Phil Kessel has scored his first goal on the season, and what a clutch goal it was. Kessel's tally came with less then five minutes remaining in the third and ended up being the decisive goal as the Leafs won the game. 

What a crazy game for Toronto. The win gives them a 6-5 record and places them 7th in the Eastern Conference. 

James Reimer had another great start in net making 23 saves after facing 25 shots. Many thought goaltending would be the biggest issue coming into the season for the Leafs, but both Reimer and Scrivens have been very solid. Reimer has had a GAA of 2.61 this season while Scrivens is at 2.70. 

From "It's been a while, right? I love playing here, and I'm happy for the win. It's a big win for us. I don't know if we had the best game, but we battled hard. It's tough when you get chances to not bury it, but fortunately it went in tonight." - Phil Kessel on scoring his first goal of the season. 

[Photo: Marianne Helm, Getty Images]

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