After a pair of debilitating losses last week to both the Carolina Hurricanes and the New York Rangers, it was hard to find a silver lining anywhere in Leafs Nation. What a difference a week makes as the Leafs went on to win all three games played, and while not completely erasing memory of what had them plummet in the standings, they at least leveled the plane before too much ground was lost in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
This weeks Maddies Mark player of the week is Phil Kessel, with 1 goal and 5 assists, including 3 points against his former Boston Bruins team. When Kessel signed his 8 year extension at the beginning of this season, it signified that the Maple Leafs believed him to be one of the cornerstones that they could build upon, and weeks like this help make it a bit easier to see. He now sits 15′th overall in the scoring race with 46 points, and tied with Joe Pavelski of the San Jose Sharks for ninth in goals scored with 22. The numbers have ebbed at different points this season, but it is noteworthy that the days of the missing posters being handed out at Boston Garden are over.
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