The Maple Leafs had a tough night on Thursday as they were shut out by Tim Thomas, but nobody got it anywhere near as badly as Phil Kessel. The former Bruins’ fifth overall pick left town after the B’s, unable to strike an extension with him prior to last season, sent him to the Leafs for a package of draft picks. Since the trade, Kessel has been unable to muster a single goal against his former club, much to the delight of Bruins fans. Tyler Seguin, chosen second overall with Leafs’ first-round pick acquired in the deal, put the cherry on top by scoring against his hometown Leafs in the second period.
The reaction to that? The loudest “Thank you, Kessel” chant that one could imagine.
“I was on the bench and I was trying not to laugh,” Seguin admitted. “All the guys were kind of cracking up because it just stayed together so well. It was surprising.”
While Seguin and teammates were amused (”It was kind of funny,” Nathan Horton said), Kessel himself stuck to his pre-game attitude. After the Leafs’ morning skate, he said that Bruins fans can “do whatever they want.” And they did.
“I could care less, to tell you the truth,” Kessel said of the chant after the game. “It doesn’t matter to me one bit.”
Asked after the game whether he felt bad for the former Bruin, Seguin noted that with such a reception comes a level of respect.
“He was getting booed every time he touched the puck, so he’s obviously doing something right,” Seguin said. “Hopefully I get booed in a rink, too. Hopefully not in Boston.”
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