The world keeps getting better for Boston Bruins winger Phil Kessel, who today was named the NHL’s First Star for the week ending Dec. 14. The speedster beat out Second Star Petr Sykora of Pittsburgh and Third Star Thomas Vanek of Buffalo.
Kessel is riding a 15-game point-scoring streak into this week. The Bruins, who had today off, don’t play a game until Thursday night’s home date with Toronto.
But another interesting streak is his games-played string, which has now reached 155 regular-season contests (he was a healthy scratch in the playoffs last spring). That means Kessel hasn’t missed a regular-season game since returning from his cancer-caused absence as a rookie in the winter of 2007. (more…)