Leafs vs. Panthers: Kessel scores and Gudbranson gets stuck

We went from boring to exciting in a span of minutes.

The Leafs and Panthers were off to an incredibly boring first period on Monday before two rare things happened out of nowhere.

Phil Kessel's scoring problems this season are well-documented. The forward only had one goal (and it came on the power play) heading into Monday night and has simply found hitting the back of the net incredibly difficult this season. Yet the Leafs have inexplicably been winning despite his woes.

So his goal tonight should be a welcome sight for Toronto fans. James van Riemsdyk set Kessel up for a breakaway chance late in the first period, and he fired off a rocket past a bewildered Jose Theodore off the post and into the net. It was a vintage Kessel goal and his first even-strength score of the season.

Meanwhile, two minutes later, Erik Gudbranson managed to not only dislodge the glass but somehow get himself stuck in it. It was a bizarre moment.

But after those first 15 minutes of boredom, we'll take it. Scoring! Weird plays! Keep them coming, please.


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