Come Thursday night when the Maple Leafs roll into Boston, you can bet gleeful Bruins fans will break into familiar chants of “Thank You Kessel,” Beantown’s unofficial No. 1 hit.

With the Bruins having used two of the three draft picks from the Phil Kessel trade to select stud forward Tyler Seguin and promising defenceman Dougie Hamilton, there is plenty of reason for the TD Garden throng to be grateful that ‘Phil The Thrill’ wanted out of Boston.

In the process, there have been suggestions that Kessel’s inability to produce points against his former team since the 2009 blockbuster deal is a direct result of the Leafs forward being intimidated by his former team.

Truth be told, Kessel’s ineffectiveness versus the Bruins is more a case of being constantly shadowed by 6-foot-9 Bruins captain Zdeno Chara.

As TSN analyst Ray Ferraro is quick to point out: “Chara plays against every team’s best players. And very few of them do well against him. It’s not just Kessel who struggles.”

During Kessel’s time in Boston, he would go up against Chara in practice almost every day. But the Bruins defenceman doesn’t necessarily feel that gives him an edge whenever he faces Kessel as an opponent.