Boston Bruins defeat Toronto Maple Leafs, 7-2

Phil Kessel's nightmare came true: two shots, zero goals, minus-3 rating, boos all around, and a 7-2 loss in his first game against his old club.

"We didn't play well. I didn't play well," said Kessel. "I don't know what to say."

Marc Savard, Kessel's former disher, recorded a hat trick while Tuukka Rask stopped 31 shots. Before the game, Claude Julien delivered an inspirational speech that helped the Bruins rebound from their 5-1 loss to Montreal.

"Claude's prega...

Phil Kessel returns to the Garden for the first time tonight since being dealt to the Maple Leafs and signing a free-agent deal worth $27 million over five years.

''I expect to get booed, but....,'' said Kessel, chatting with reporters this morning at the Garden, after eschewing the club's optional on-ice workout, ''....whatever.''

Kessel has been blistering hot since suiting up for the Leafs at the start of November, his return delayed because of off-season shoulde...

Phil Kessel returned home last night, unaware that his West End reunion would turn into his personal imperfect storm, one that had the Bruins blow away the Maple Leafs, 7-2, and leave the former Bruins’ winger washed up on the side of Causeway Street with a line in the scoring summary nearly worthy of summoning the National Guard for emergency relief (no points, two shots on net, 16:28 in ice time, and a minus-3 rating).

Kessel, dealt to Toronto in September when he cho...