The Leafs' sniper helped end the Bruins' five-game winning streak with a pair of quick-strike goals Wednesday night at Air Canada Centre. Toronto went on to rout Boston 6-1.
Both goals came just beyond the faceoff circle — tallies Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask had no chance on.
On his first goal, Kessel raced down the wing before snapping a picture-perfect shot over the right shoulder of Rask at 6:49 of the opening period.
It took exactly 18 seconds of the second for Kessel to give Toronto a 2-0 lead on a carbon-copy goal. The Leafs’ winger fired a similar shot that beat Rask. The difference? The puck sailed over Rask on the glove side.
Kessel had a chance at a hat trick later in the second, but was denied off a partial breakaway by Niklas Svedberg, who replaced Rask after the Leafs fired four goals past him.
His two goals gives Kessel an NHL-best eight multi-point games this season.