After a week in which every version of the Toronto Maple Leafs was on display for the world to see, it would be hard to single one player out. From one of the more complete games of the season Thursday night against the Tampa Lightning, to one of the worst efforts over the past several seasons in Sunrise Tuesday night against the Florida Panthers, the Maple Leafs have shown why fans believe the team is headed in the right direction and continue to be a statistical nightmare simultaneously.
Writing Tuesday’s game off, there is one familiar face that made himself noticeable in a positive way, and he is a mainstay on this Saturday feature. For the third time since New Year’s, the Editorinleaf.com Maddie’s Mark “Best Days Ever” player of the week is soon-to-be Team USA Olympic team member Phil Kessel.
Of all the problems that the Leafs have shown all season, the one thing that has not happened has been an extended scoring drought for Kessel. What was evident Thursday night on more than one occasion was the two-way play that he hardly gets enough credit for. For becoming the first Maple Leaf since Mats Sundin to hit four consecutive 30-goal seasons, and being one of the first players in franchise history to actually elevate his play after earning a large contract extension, it truly was a best week ever for Kessel.
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