"I've been cold. This year has been a cold year for me in the goal-scoring department."
That's how Phil Kessel described his recent goal-scoring drought, speaking after the Penguins' 4-1 win over the Red Wings at PPG Paints Arena on Friday.
As the Penguins are approaching the postseason for the 13th consecutive season, Kessel appears to finally be heating up.
The past two months have not been kind to Kessel. In the 29 games from Feb. 1 to March 31, he didn't score a single even strength goal, and scored just three on the power play. Kessel snapped the even strength drought on Tuesday in Detroit, scoring the lone goal in the Penguins' 4-1 loss.
Kessel built on that momentum to extend his goal-scoring streak to two in the first period of Friday's win. Sidney Crosby poked a rebound over to Kessel, who easily put it into the wide-open net to break a 1-1 tie: