Forget for a moment the fresh and yet-to-be-determined injuries to forwards Mikhail Grabovski and Clarke MacArthur and ask yourself this: Where would the Maple Leafs be this morning if it weren't for the handiwork of Phil Kessel?

It may have often been ugly Tuesday night at a dead Air Canada Centre, but the Leafs still managed to salvage a shootout-loss point to the Phoenix Coyotes.

A couple of big glove saves late by Ben Scrivens roused the 19,522 in attendance from their slumber but the real signs of life were provided by Kessel. The biggest, of course, was the power-play goal 4:41 into the third to force the extra period, but as has been the case so often this season, every time No. 81 got the puck there was ample reason to pay attention.