Phil Kessel of Madison, Wisconsin is continuing his impressive play in the Stanley Cup playoffs. After leading the National Hockey League with five power play goals and 98 shots on net during the 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs, Kessel played admirably in game one of the Pittsburgh Penguins' Eastern Conference first round matchup against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday.
Kessel made the most of his 16 minutes and 48 seconds of ice time in the Penguins' 3-1 win to open the series. He scored the game winning goal at 3:45 on the power play from Evgeni Malkin and former Edmonton Oilers blueliner Justin Schultz. Kessel's goal put the Penguins up 2-0 at the time.
Kessel's game winning goal was his second point of the game and his third game winning goal in his postseason career. His first point of the game came on a goal by Bryan Rust of Pontiac, Michigan at 1:15 of the first period to open the scoring. Like Kessel's goal, Evgeni Malkin picked up an assist.
The Penguins and Blue Jackets will continue their best out of seven series Friday evening in Pittsburgh at the PPG Paints Arena. Game time is 7 p.m. ET and can be seen on the NHL Network in the United States and on Rogers Sportsnet and TVA2 in Canada.