In a week where the Maple Leafs scored 15 goals in three games (not including one in a shootout), it is interesting to note that Phil Kessel was held to a mere two points this week—both assists.
Kessel continues to lead the scoring race and is finally getting help from people who aren’t his linemates.
Joey Crabbe pitched in with three points, including two goals. Clarke MacArthur scored a goal in each game. Tim Connolly showed he is getting over is injuries and providing consistent offence for his line.
But Kessel’s linemates provided the most offence during a week in which he was kept near the bottom of the scoresheet.
Joffrey Lupul had a point in each game, including two against his former team, the Ducks, and the shootout winner against Dallas. Tyler Bozak had two multi-point, multi-goal games this week as part of Toronto's top line.
If the Maple Leafs continue to play this way, it should keep the pressure off Kessel. It will allow him to relax and do what he does best, which is score goals.
The Leafs didn’t need him too often this week, but they will need him as the season continues.
Hopefully, this starts a trend where the rest of the team can show up on a nightly basis and relieve Kessel from time to time.