BOSTON — The New Jersey Devils really know how to ruin a homecoming party.
With some hard work, determination and puck luck, the Devils left TD Banknorth Garden with a 4-3 overtime win tonight. But winger Phil Kessel, in his return after a six-game absence with mononucleosis, had nothing to hang his head about.
Kessel, the Bruins’ leading goal-scorer, played the role of distributor in his first game back — tallying two assists and firing two shots on net in 19:16 of ice time. He even threw a hit, his third of the season.
“I was actually a little tired at some points,” Kessel said after Jamie Langenbrunner’s extra-session goal ended the night on a sour note for Boston. “But I felt pretty good for getting back for the first game.” (more…)