The Phil Kessel storyline is one that’s not going away anytime soon in the first-round series between the Maple Leafs and Bruins, especially after Saturday’s Game 2.

The former Bruins forward, who has had more than his share of misery against his old team, went a long way in erasing any of that pain with one of the biggest goals of his career. Kessel scored just 53 seconds into the third period of Game 2, a game the Leafs would eventually win 4-2. The victory ties the series at a game apiece as things shift back to Toronto.

It was a game-winning goal for Kessel. Against the Bruins. In the playoffs. It was a goal that had all of Toronto saying “Thank you, Kessel.”

This could end up being a huge goal for Kessel and his ever-questioned psyche. His struggles against the Bruins are no secret, as evidenced by the fact that his goal in Game 2 was his first even-strength goal against the Bruins in his entire career “

I was happy, obviously. It’s been a long time versus these guys to score, but like I said, I got lucky. It just snuck by, I was fortunate.” “It felt great,” teammate Joffrey Lupul said of seeing Kessel score “First of all because it made it 3-1 and second of all he’s battling hard and they are putting a lot of attention towards Phil so it’s good to see him get a chance and bury it like that.”

On Saturday night, it was all about helping the team win a playoff game. After the Leafs were run out of the building in Game 1, it looked as if Kessel took it upon himself to be better in Game 2. He was flying all over the ice, and that was punctuated with the goal, scored thanks in large part to his signature speed.