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Phil Kessel comes up empty against Bruins in Game 1

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Give Phil Kessel credit. The former Bruin spoke postgame on a night when his silence on the ice spoke volumes about his reputation as a faux franchise forward. Turned into white noise on skates, Kessel could only watch as the Bruins roared to a 4-1 victory over his Maple Leafs Wednesday night.

The Bruins don’t want to say it. They don’t have to. You can see it. They’re in Phil the Thrill’s head. It’s like when they sent him to Toronto in 2009 they put a hockey hex on him. He sees the Spoked-B sweaters and becomes an Empty Kessel.

This was Kessel’s 23d game against the Bruins and in that span he has yet to score an even-strength goal and is a minus-22.

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