Kessel hat trick, Phaneuf hit key Leafs’ win over Senators

The argument could be made ht that Dion Phaneuf played his best game as a Maple Leaf on Saturday night.

Ditto for Phil Kessel.

For sure, Phaneuf had a powerful outing against Ottawa — as did Phil Kessel, with his first hat trick in a Toronto uniform — as the Leafs swamped a hapless Senators side 6-5 at the Air Canada Centre.Phaneuf was at his bashing best, helping to fuel a good-looking offence with a pair of assists. And in a thundering instance of what he is best known for, Phaneuf flattened Stephane Da Costa with a clean, open-ice hit in the second period.

Then there was Kessel, with three goals and an all-around solid game at both ends of the ice.

“He worked hard all night, and it was great for Phil, great for his confidence,” Leafs coach Ron Wilson said.

Kessel, as has been the case since he became a Leaf, is under constant scrutiny as the team’s top sniper. He scored a lone goal in the pre-season and needed a huge game to silence concern about what kind of start he would have to this season.

“I got good passes and I was fortunate to bury them,” Kessel said, not wanting to draw too much attention to himself. “I’m happy for sure, but the main thing is we got the two points. I’m excited.”

That win looked to be in the bag with the Leafs up 5-1 at one point. But the Senators scored a pair of goals eight seconds apart late in the third to cut the lead to 5-4.

Kessel then scored his third of the night to give the Leafs a two-goal cushion, but Da Costa replied from a sharp angle with just under two minutes remaining. Ottawa called a timeout but that was as close at they would get.–kessel-hat-trick-phaneuf-hit-key-leafs-win-over-senators

34 Responses to Kessel hat trick, Phaneuf hit key Leafs’ win over Senators

  1. mapleleafsfan says:

    Hockey break is saying Burke has absolutely no interest in gagner at all, all reports are false.. Apparently the leafs and oilers are talking but its mainly about mps or omark… This guy seems to break every trade before bobby mac so there must be some legitimacy to what he says.. Not sure what we'd have to give up to get mps but I'd be stoked if we got him. 

  2. TheLeafNation91 says:

    So MPS or Omark Burke is interested in? My guess MPS.

    I wonder what the Oilers would want…And no, don't even ask for Schenn, unless you wnat to sacrifice much more.

    My guess? I think it would have to begin with Scrivens, one of the top goaltending prospects of the Leafs, and a defencemen. Gunnarsson or Franson, but i would say Gunner.

  3. mapleleafsfan says:

    Omark is awesome to watch but I wouldn't be willing to offer too much for him and I'm pretty sure burke wouldn't either… If he's not interest in gagner I don't see why he'd be interested in omark.

    Trading goalie prospects is the worst but I agree it'd probably have to include one of them. MPS is a pretty solid prospect. Having said that, I'm not sure I'd do Scrivens and Franson for him.. Franson is already proven and should be playing for us now. He could be a top pairing defenceman if he gets it all together. MPS is worth more than franson but I wouldn't put a good goalie prospect on top of it. If we could franson and a pick I'd rather that. It's so hard to judge goalie prospects, I don't want another pogge/rask situation, I'd rather just keep them all lol.
  4. leafmeister says:

    It is for sure Gunnarsson. If Franson was on the chopping block we would be advertising the shit out of him. Also he wont get traded before playing a game with the Leafs.

    I would love MPS, although I fear that they might want something more than Gunnarsson and Scrivins. Although how awesome would that be? Something like this:

    To EDM: Scrivins, Frattin, Gunnarsson
    To TOR: MPS

    MacArthur – Grabovski – Kulemin
    Paajarvi – Connolly – Kessel
    Lupul – Lombardi – Kadri
    Brown – Bozak – Steckel

    Aulie – Phaneuf
    Schenn – Liles
    Franson – Komisarek


    Paajarvi is a potential star, so I have no idea if Edmonton would move him, but that would be sweet.

  5. supermapleleafs says:

    who is MPS? what can he do for the Maple leafs?

  6. TheLeafNation91 says:

    Hey guys, remember when we debated a few years back how we were a team with around zero players that were drafted in the first round. Well, this years roster includes:


    As players that got drafted in the first 30, huge difference,

  7. LeafsNation4Ever says:

    Magnus Paajarvi, I think he was drafted 9th or 10th in 2009 by Edmonton.

    He's a solid two way player I suppose. 6-3, 200 pounds, can score some goals, 30 points as a 19 year old on a struggling Edmonton team, he could be a solid second line guy. I'd say he's a power forward but I haven't watched him much.
  8. TheLeafNation91 says:

    So happy our boy Antropov scored the first Jets goal in over 15 years by using the same grit he always brought in Toronto every night.

    Miss you buddy.

  9. LeafsFTW17 says:

    whoa whoa whoa don’t forget colby!

    Also lashoff and colbourne from the marlies were firsts I do believe

  10. TheLeafNation91 says:

    I forgot Colby…I was also doing on the roster right now. I know their here to.

  11. Kramer says:

    The NHL needs to do more to promote fighting. Almost no fights any more.

    They need to get rid of the 5 minute penalty rule for fights. Give 2 minutes max.

    Also any player who refuses an offer to fight gets an automatic 2 minutes (chicken rule).

    The movement to ban fights is a commie plot like beta tapes.

  12. GO_LEAFS_GO_Noni says:

    Bozak centering steckel???

  13. mojo19 says:

    Paajarvi is interesting. He could be a fit with this team in the long run, lots of talent.

    To be honest, in his draft year I was hoping Burke would pick Paajarvi when he took Kadri. But I guess things worked out okay, they both have a lot of upside.
  14. alpalstewart says:

    Nugent-Hopkins scores the game tying goal and EDM wins in a shoot out. wow you can totally see what a year older has done for Hall. he looked great. Hemsky was his usual dangly self. the defence looked good tonight. as far as RNH goes he looked great out there. he was pushed around abit but he knew what was going on before it happened and made a smart pass. he looked like he belonged in the nhl. my prediction for the oilers at 10th in the west looks good to me still. lol

  15. alpalstewart says:

    everything is a conspiracy with you eh Kramer. lol

  16. alpalstewart says:

    start thinking bigger. if the oilers put MPS on the up for sale blocks there will be 28 other teams interested. the oilers are after a top 4 defender. start there. franson for omark maybe considered. but if your thinking MPS then believe me schenns name is involved.

  17. mapleleafsfan says:

    Lol. Franson for Omark "may be considered"? Franson was a 30 point + defencemen in his second year in the league. He would have been at 30 in his rookie year if he'd have played the full season. He'd be your highest scoring defenceman if whitneys not healthy. 

    Omark is a flashy player but not a first liner. If Fransons moving it's in a package for something substantial, not omark. We don't need a third/second line RW.
    And you are overvaluing MPS if you think Schenns name is involved. Schenn was a higher rated prospect and has completely met expectations. He lead the league in hits last year as a 20 year old. He's one of the top rated young defenceman in the league. Don't get me wrong, MPS is a sweet prospect but he's not worth Schenn. If Schenn was even movable something else decent would have to be coming back our way.
    I thought leafs fans overvalue their players.
  18. mapleleafsfan says:

    And if you disagree about MPS think about it like this…

    Do you think we could get any of myers, kulikov, subban, alzner etc for kadri alone?
    Kadri was drafter higher than MPS (barely but anyways) and both have similar potential. Hockeys future has them both at 8.0c. Slight upper hand to MPS because he's played a season in the nhl but he also had experience in a mens league before. Kadri was almost PPG in the ahl so I think their progress isn't that far off. 
  19. alpalstewart says:

    your right i do have him rated pretty high.When i mentioned schenns name i wasnt thinking. but you do understand that if the oilers are dangling MPS that they are after a top 4 defender. franson doesnt get it done. franson is your 7th d-man. so like i said if its for franson your giving up something extra for MPS. if its omark for franson, then we might have to give a little. oh and as far as it goes our debate is likely the same one as burke and tambellini are having. MPS is held in high regard around the league and has been compared to the likes of sundin, but i understand where your coming from with schenn. if we had him i'd feel the same as you

  20. alpalstewart says:

    He looks alot like sundin did. after he got about 40 games under his belt. it took him half the season to find the pace but i think thats normal. its the same for most rookies. i know that comparing any1 to a great is kinda taboo these days cus they never do turn out like that, but thats the impression i got from him from watching 65+ Oiler games last season. he's big,fast,strong and good in the corners. my only problem with him is he looks like a lady bing candidate, but if he's ever a candidate you know he had a good season cus that goes to the guy with the most points with the least pim's. lol

  21. alpalstewart says:

    another thing that is likely getting in the way is the number of contracts both teams have. the oilers just did there 49th contract the otherday on martindale. so oilers might be looking to trade away 2 players, cus theyre still talking to mcabe apparently

  22. alpalstewart says:

    no offence or anything but I wouldnt trade mps for kadri straight up. i would think we were getting ripped off. and if it did happen you guys would be dancing in the streets. so its not a comparison using Kadri, just cause you guys used the central scouting to draft him doesnt make him as good. i wouldnt even take turris for him. i think that Kadri for turris is a totally even deal.

  23. mapleleafsfan says:

    I agree we'd have to add more for MPS than franson but I don't think it would have to be THAT much. Franson really is a top 4 D-man, he was top 4 on nashville, he would be in edmonton and he would be on most teams in the league. He's a victim of cir*****stance right now. The only reason he's not is because of komisareks unmoveable contract and that gardiner shocked everyone preseason. The leafs blue line is pretty stacked. It's hard to pass Phaneuf, Schenn and Liles and we've apparently been showcasing gunnarson. There just isn't a spot for him but there would be on almost any team in the league (and there will be on the leafs soon enough, he's too good to sit). 

    Also about the kadri thing. I would rather have MPS than kadri purely because I like his size more. Skill wise it's too early to tell who will be better. I wouldn't be cheering in the streets over the trade though… Why does central scouting's opinion mean less than yours? They rank kadri higher but because you think MPS is better you'd be getting fleeced in that trade? At the end of the day they are both prospects. It's not like MPS dazzled last year and he's had time to play with men before in the SEL. His 15 goals doesn't exactly make us a playoff team. Kadri wasn't as nhl ready as MPS but that doesn't mean he's not as valuable. He's dominated every league he's played in, was great in the AHL last year and there's no reason he won't be great in the nhl too. 
    It's always hard to propose prospect trades though because after all we do always know more about our own prospects and we're all a bit biased. 
  24. reinjosh says:

    So forgive me if I'm wrong but wasn't that Kessel's first trick as a Leaf? 

  25. reinjosh says:

    No offense but Kadri played at an identical level as MPS last year, just with less ice time, so it would be a pretty fair swap. CSS had no bearing on why the Leafs drafted Kadri. They drafted him because he was and is ultra-talented. Turris for either of them would favor the Coyotes IMO.

    Anyways, Franson put up similar numbers to MPS last season, as a dman, playing on a much less offensive team. Just because he isn't a top 4 on the Leafs doesn't mean he isn't capable of it somewhere else.
    Now I understand the hesitance to trade him and I accept that you wouldn't want to trade for Franson. However, I would keep in mind that MPS will never be a top line winger, simply because Hall prevents him from doing that, so he may never develop properly on the Oilers. 
  26. reinjosh says:

    Honestly I was hoping Burke would as well, but Kadri was my second choice so I was completely fine with the pick.

    Still, I would love to add him. His size is pretty sweet and he could be a long term winger for Kessel. 
  27. leafy says:

    Yes Kessel's first trick as a Leaf.

    Darryl Sittler by the way had 18 hat tricks as a Leaf!

  28. reinjosh says:

    Wow, thats a lot. Sittler was the man. 

    And I definitely missed the line in the article that stated it was his first as a Leaf lol. Now I look like a dolt. 
  29. reinjosh says:

    Kessel looks like a man possessed and looking to prove all the hater's wrong. I know its two games and he's prone to scoreboard hot streaks (as I don't believe he's just gone when his name isn't on the scoreboard), but he just looks a lot better in his two games this year. I'm excited. 

  30. LeafsNation4Ever says:

    I'm rooting for Nugent Hopkins. 1st overall picks now for some reason don't get a lot of support.

  31. MystifoLeafs says:

    Could be that Brendan Morrow our top line is missing. MPS on 1st and Kulemin on second. That just screams dangerous. 

  32. mapleleafsfan says:

    And for a long time.

  33. LeafsFTW17 says:

    I really think Franson, Scrivens for MPS makes sence for both teams.

    Franson could play on their top pair and Scrivens will be a solid goalie prospect who could even make the team.  I'd be more than happy to give more to get MPS, he's such a stud.

    And he doesn't hate Canada anymore..

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