Maple Leafs 4, Jets 3, SO

Associated Press | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 5:16 AM

TORONTO (AP) - Phil Kessel is playing exactly the way the Toronto Maple Leafs wanted when they acquired him from Boston in 2009.

The former University of Minnesota star had a goal and two assists - extending his NHL lead in goals and points - to help the Maple Leafs rally for a 4-3 shootout victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday night.

He had little time to enjoy it before heading for Boston for a game Thursday night against the Bruins. A former first-round draft pick by Boston, Kessel knows he has struggled back in Boston since the trade.

"It gets old when you guys ask all the time," Kessel said. "You know, it's a couple years ago. I don't get jitters any more. Going back that first year I was a little nervous.

"They're a great team and we're going to have to battle hard to win tomorrow."

Kessel tops the NHL with seven goals and 12 points in five games, helping the Leafs earn nine of a possible 10 points in the standings.

A streaky player throughout his career, the Leafs are waiting to see if this is another streak or the beginning of a career season.

"Only time will tell if he finds a way to be more consistent," coach Ron Wilson said. "But I don't see any holes in his game right now. He's backchecking, forechecking, making good decisions with the puck and staying on top of things. He wants the puck all the time, he's demanding it and he's getting it. That's the big thing."

About the only thing Kessel couldn't do Wednesday was score in the shootout, but teammates Joffrey Lupul and Matt Frattin made sure it didn't matter by beating Ondrej Pavelec in the tiebreaker. Leafs goalie James Reimer stopped both Winnipeg attempts.

Lupul added two goals in regulation for Toronto (4-0-1) while Mark Scheifele, with his first NHL goal, Tobias Enstrom and Alexander Burmistrov replied for Winnipeg (1-3-1).

It began as a promising night for Winnipeg in its first visit to a Canadian city. A number of fans turned up wearing Jets sweaters and the Leafs rolled out the welcome mat with a scoreboard tribute during a stoppage in play early in the first period.

Shortly after, Enstrom opened the scoring with Winnipeg's first power-play goal of the season. He fired a shot through all kinds of traffic that eluded James Reimer at 9:49.

Lupul tied it up less than 2 minutes later with a one-timer that shattered the lens of the in-goal camera. Kessel made a nice play to beat two defenders before finding Lupul.

"We didn't play well for two periods," Lupul said. "We came back in the effort in the third period. That's not the way you want to win every night, but that was the way we had to get it done tonight."

Winnipeg pulled ahead 3-1 in the middle period. Burmistrov completed a give-and-go with former Leaf Nik Antropov at 2:27 and Scheifele scored on a power play just over 5 minutes later.

Scheifele, from nearby Kitchener, pumped his fists as friends and family in the arena cheered loudly from the stands.

"It was definitely special to get it here in front of a bunch of people that came to the game," Scheifele said. "But it would've been nicer to get the win."

NOTES: Jets owners Mark Chipman and David Thomson attended the game. ... Leafs forward Colby Armstrong sustained a lower-body injury on the first shift and didn't return. ... Winnipeg scratched Ron Hainsey, Randy Jones and Tim Stapleton. ... Cody Franson, Colton Orr and Jay Rosehill sat out for Toronto. ... The announced attendance was 19,514.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
09:49WPG PPG - Toby Enstrom (1) ASST: Bryan Little (1), Dustin Byfuglien (1) 1 - 0 WPG
11:39TOR Joffrey Lupul (3) ASST: Phil Kessel (4), Tyler Bozak (4) 1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
02:27WPG Alexander Burmistrov (1) ASST: Nik Antropov (2), Kyle Wellwood (1) 2 - 1 WPG
07:53WPG PPG - Mark Scheifele (1) ASST: Dustin Byfuglien (2), Brett MacLean (2) 3 - 1 WPG
3rd Period
07:28TOR PPG - Joffrey Lupul (4) ASST: John-Michael Liles (2), Phil Kessel (5) 3 - 2 WPG
07:55TOR PPG - Phil Kessel (7) ASST: Dion Phaneuf (5), John-Michael Liles (3) 3 - 3 Tie
OT Period
1TORPhil Kessel - Save
2WPGKyle Wellwood - Save
3TORJoffrey Lupul - Goal
4WPGAlexander Burmistrov - Save
5TORMatt Frattin - Goal
Shootout Summary
RNDToronto Maple LeafsWinnipeg Jets
1Phil KesselKyle Wellwood
2Joffrey LupulAlexander Burmistrov
3Matt Frattin
Three Stars of the Game
Joffrey Lupul
Joffrey Lupul
G: 2Shots: 5
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 19:17
Phil Kessel
Phil Kessel
G: 1Shots: 5
A: 2Hits: 1
PTS: 3PIM: 2
+/-: 1TOI: 23:32
Dustin Byfuglien
Dustin Byfuglien
G: 0Shots: 3
A: 2Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 29:26
Penalty Summary
1st Period
05:47WPG Bryan Little  Broken stick
08:24TOR Luke Schenn  Hooking against  Evander Kane
2nd Period
03:13TOR Mike Komisarek  Interference against  Evander Kane
06:48TOR Mike Komisarek  Holding against  Bryan Little
13:20WPG Derek Meech  Hooking against  Mikhail Grabovski
3rd Period
06:44WPG Zach Bogosian  Interference against  Mike Brown
07:42WPG Derek Meech  Tripping against  Matt Frattin
10:54TOR Phil Kessel  Slashing against  Dustin Byfuglien
OT Period
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays2/42/4
Faceoff Wins2034
Blocked Shots1514
Penalty Minutes88
4Z. BogosianD00-11222:17
5M. StuartD00-10019:02
7D. MeechD0011412:39
8A. BurmistrovC1012018:32
9E. KaneL0004011:48
13K. WellwoodC0100015:25
15T. GlassL00-11011:17
16A. LaddL0003022:27
18B. LittleC0102222:25
19J. SlaterC00-10012:41
22C. ThorburnR00-10011:16
25B. MacLeanL011209:32
26B. WheelerR0006020:20
29J. OduyaD0000015:41
33D. ByfuglienD0203029:26
39T. EnstromD1012031:05
55M. ScheifeleC1002010:27
80N. AntropovC0110018:43
31O. Pavelec2023.87065:00
2L. SchennD0002211:54
3D. PhaneufD0101027:22
8M. KomisarekD0000413:33
9C. ArmstrongR000000:49
11P. DupuisC0001013:33
15M. LombardiC00-11014:00
16C. MacArthurL0000012:02
18M. BrownR0001013:06
19J. LupulL2015019:17
20D. SteckelC0003016:29
24J. LilesD02-10025:54
36C. GunnarssonD0001026:35
39M. FrattinR00-10013:58
41N. KuleminL0001017:27
42T. BozakC0110018:31
51J. GardinerD0011025:09
81P. KesselR1215223:32
84M. GrabovskiC00-11020:19
34J. Reimer2629.89765:00