The only thing Bruins fans had to thank Phil Kessel for this time was a playoff loss.
Kessel silenced his TD Garden tormentors and his critics with a third-period goal that ultimately stood as the game-winner in the Toronto Maple Leafs’s 4-2 victory over the Bruins in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals at TD Garden on Sunday night. Kessel’s goal gave Toronto a 3-1 lead just 53 seconds into the third period and helped send the series back to Toronto tied at a game a piece.
More significant than knotting the series, the goal may have broken Kessel’s Black and Gold mental block. It’s bad news for the Bruins if Kessel plays against them the way he plays against the other 28 teams in the league he skates against. If the Real Phil Kessel stands up this is a different series for the Bruins. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.