Phil Kessel hopes to halt his season-long four-game goalless streak on Tuesday against Florida, before one of those longer slumps that have dogged him sets in.

Coach Ron Wilson was willing to cut the NHL's leading scorer a little slack in Saturday's 7-0 loss to Boston, a game where the whole Toronto offence sputtered and Kessel couldn't budge Boston's big shutdown defenceman Zdeno Chara.