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Penguins' Phil Kessel after loss to Lightning: 'I need to be better'

Penguins' Phil Kessel after loss to Lightning: 'I need to be better'
Published On: Sun, Feb 10
May 30, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Phil Kessel (81) handles the puck against the San Jose Sharks during the second period in game one of the 2016 Stanley Cup Final at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Penguins won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Phil Kessel can't seem to climb out of his slump.

The Penguins winger was candid with reporters following Saturday's 5-4 loss to the Lightning, admitting he just hasn't been himself lately.

a€œI mean, I just cana€™t get anything going right now,a€ Kessel said,A via The Athletic.

a€œIa€™d say Ia€™ve had some good games and some bad games since the break. But it hasna€™t been good enough. I need to be better. Obviously, I need to be better.a€

The defeatA markedA the team's fourth straight loss andA league-leading 12th shorthanded goal allowed. It was alsoA Kessel's fourth consecutive game without recording a point, as he last recorded a pair of assists in a Feb. 1 win over the Senators. His last goal cameA Jan. 30 in a victory over the Lightning.

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