Just days after Phil Kessel exclaimed, “Feels like I will never score again,” Kessel took a pass from Evgeni Malkin who was behind the net and shoveled into the pads of sprawled Columbus goalie Joonas Korpisalo.
It looked like Phil was robbed yet again, but the puck trickled through and across the goal line. The crowd at PPG Paint Arena roared their approval of their adopted son. After 16 previous games of posts, stellar saves, broken sticks, and frustration, Kessel was back on the goal sheet. He scored his 22nd goal of the season at 2:22 of the first period.
Kessel’s last goal came on Jan. 30 against Tampa Bay in a 5-4 loss. Fans had to believe that the bubble was eventually going to burst for Kessel after strong performances in his last three games including a 20 shot effort against Florida on Tuesday. Despite not scoring goals, Kessel has tallied 11 assist in the 16 game stretch.
Twitter shared in the fun with Kessel, the fans, and his teammates as he ended the slump
🗣 BAH GAWD THAT'S PHIL KESSEL'S MUSIC
— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) March 8, 2019
THE DROUGHT IS OVER 🚨🚨🚨 pic.twitter.com/AuT2pySG7a
— PGHCCo (@PGHClothingCo) March 8, 2019
A live look at Phil Kessel pic.twitter.com/elzkbBDGES
— Penguins Nation (@EngellandsEye) March 8, 2019
phil kessel is giving up not scoring for lent
— Penguins Jesus (@PenguinsJesus) March 7, 2019