The dish gives Kessel eight assists to go along with seven goals in 21 contests. He now has a modest four-game point streak, including one goal and three assists, as the Pittsburgh offense puts its slow start to rest. The team has scored four goals in three of its last four games after scoring four or more in three of its first 18 tilts.
Phil Kessel scored his first goal in six games -- a power-play marker -- in Pittsburgh's 3-1 loss to the Sharks on Saturday.
He finished tied with Kris Letang for the team high in shots with six. The goal was his seventh, giving him 14 points in 20 games and putting him on pace for 57 points -- even though the Pens' offense has yet to heat up.
Phil Kessel picked up his first power-play assist of the season in Thursday's 4-3 win over Buffalo.
The Pens recently paired Kessel with Evgeni Malkin at even-strength and the move has helped both top-two lines. Kessel now has points in four of five games and ranks second on the team in scoring with six points (4G, 2A) in 10 games. Pittsburgh next travels to Toronto on Saturday, where Kessel spent the last six years of his career.
Phil Kessel skated with Evgeni Malkin and Sergei Plotnikov on Friday during practice, Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
The winger has two goals and three points through seven games but he hasn't played well with Sidney Crosby. He passed up multiple open looks Thursday, instead attempted to thread a needle cross-ice to Crosby. Kessel needs to shot more and the team is hoping he'll do so on the newly-configured line.
Phil Kessel scored his second goal of the season -- and first in five games -- Tuesday in a 3-2 overtime win against the Panthers.
He hasn't been particularly strong on the puck nor has he showed great chemistry with Sidney Crosby, but Tuesday was a step in the right direction. Coach Mike Johnston recently said he was fine with the Crosby-Kessel-Chris Kunitz line despite a lack of results -- Tuesday rewarded the Pittsburgh Penguins coach for his patience.