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Random Bruins highlight: Kessel wins the shootout after returning from cancer treatment

Phil was a shootout monster during his rookie season.

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When: January 18, 2007

What: Phil Kessel wins the game for the Bruins in the shootout, just a couple weeks after returning to the lineup after cancer treatment.

When he was drafted, Phil Kessel was arguably to most exciting Bruins prospect to come along since Joe Thornton and Sergei Samsonov.

Kessel came to the Bruins advertised as having elite speed, an elite shot and a knack for putting the puck in the net. He was as-advertised during his three seasons in Boston, but his Bruins tenure got off to a tough start.

Just a couple of months into his rookie season, then-19-year-old Kessel underwent surgery and treatment for testicular cancer. He’d miss around a month of games, returning to the lineup in early January.

In his sixth game back, the teenager got the call with the game on his stick, and he delivered. Kessel shredded Marc-Andre Fleury with a beautiful deke and sent the Boston crowd home happy.

It was an emotional moment for Bruins fans, and was Kessel’s second shootout goal in as many attempts.

A win is a win, but you could tell that the celebratory pile after this game was a bit more celebratory than usual.