If not for the fact that he has been playing along side a bunch of guys disguised as Roberto Duran, Leafs Nations would be celebrating the exploits of winger Phil Kessel right about now.

Remember Roberto Duran, the great Panamanian boxer known as "Manos de Piedra" or "Hands of Stone?"

That's what Kessel has had to deal with in the first four games of the regular season.

Much is being made of the fact that Kessel, who scored 37 goals last season, has yet to find the back of the net this year.

But if you watched the games, you've seen that the shy sniper has been more than on top of his game offensively.

In the last two contests especially — Toronto's 5-2 victory over the Penguins in Pittsburgh on Wednesday and the Leafs' 7-4 loss to the New York Islanders on Thursday — Kessel has been buzzing all over the ice, setting up his wingers and defencemen, particularly on the power play.

Clarke MacArthur and Mike Kostka can each attest to the fact that Kessel has been playing well despite not scoring.

Against the Sabres and Isles, Kessel set up the pair on a number of occasions, and if not for the aforementioned 'stone hands', he'd have much more than two points.