Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Kessel and Lupul are carrying hot sticks
So I doubt there will any talk this week from Leafs fans about whether they would reverse the Phil Kessel trade. Maybe Brian Burke isn't so dumb after all. In his first two seasons with the Leaf he looked like a one-dimensional player - a guy with a big shot. But this season he looks like a star player that is capable of carry a team.
Once again the Leafs had a poor start this time against the Winnipeg Jets. Yet they they came alive in the 3rd period to tie the game up before winning it in shoot out.
Sure Phil Kessel is a streak player. Last season he scored 7 goals in his first 8 games. But this year feels different. He is playing better defense and playing with his head up. In previous seasons he would pick up the puck and skate with his head down until he fired a puck at the net. This season he has his head up and making as many passes as shots on net. Maybe he is passing because Joffrey Lupul is the skilled linemate that he so dearly needed.
I know he will eventually cool off but these two guys are the hottest Leafs combo since the days of Doug Gilmour and Dave Andreychuk.
By the way on Lupul's first goal he absolutely destroyed the net cam. Take a look below.
The two players have now picked up 11 goals and 19 points in just 5 games. The chemistry is obvious. Against the Jets tonight they combined for 5 points, each has 5 shots on net and numerous beautiful passes to each other.