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Kessel Leads Bruins to Win Over Islanders

Despite going in and out of Claude Julien’s doghouse, 21-year-old Phil Kessel has had a strong season for the Bruins. It appears he finally has emerged as a top-goal scorer in the NHL, as long as he can keep his play consistent.

Kessel reached the 30-goal plateau Saturday afternoon in a 2-1 win over the Islanders. He’s Boston’s first 30-goal scorer since Patrice Bergeron had 31 in 2005-06.

“He’s what you saw when he’s on his game, a game-breaker,” Julien said. “When he doesn’t compete the way he’s been competing lately, he is a player that doesn’t bring as much to the table.”

Tim Thomas matched his career-best total with his 30th win Saturday. He finished with 21 saves against 22 shots.

The Bruins will look to keep the win streak alive Sunday afternoon against the Penguins.

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