Nine times Phil Kessel had played against his former team and nine times he'd come up empty, with the exception of a lone, winning, shootout goal.

But the speedy forward who has become a punching bag for Bruins fans finally hit back. Kessel scored a pair of power-play goals last night, including the tying goal with 6:33 remaining, to break out of his own dreadful slump in the 4-3 Toronto win.

"Well, I haven't scored in 14 games, so it was nice to get a couple in tonight," said Kessel. "The most important thing is that we got a win and hopefully we can keep it going now."

Kessel claims the venue did not mean anything more to him.

"Like I've said, every time I come in here it is just another game. How many times have we played Boston since I have been traded?" said Kessel. "I just said they were a good team, and tonight we were fortunate to come out of here with a win."

His coach, Ron Wilson, was certainly happy to see some life out of his star sniper.

"That was without a doubt Phil's best game, not just because he scored; he was in on the forecheck, he was in banging around with (Zdeno) Chara and he did a good job in our end, too," said Wilson. "He won some battles on the boards and he changed the color of the tape on his stick. I don't know if anybody noticed; he went from white to black."

Sit and learn

Steven Kampfer was riding back to the team hotel in downtown Detroit with his parents from his hometown of Ann Arbor on Saturday when he got the call that he would not be playing the next day against the Red Wings.