Embedded video_content_type: Phil Kessel scores first U.S. hat trick in 12 years
It marks the first American hatty at the Winter Games since John Leclair turned the trick at Salt Lake in 2002. Leclair accomplished the feat during a tournament-opening 6-0 rout of Finland.
Embedded owg_slideshow: U.S. rides momentum, crushes Slovenia
Kessel, who came into today’s game with four points through his first two contests, opened the scoring just 1:04 into the affair, converting a Joe Pavelski pass to give the Americans a 1-0 lead. Just over three minutes later Kessel was at it again, converting another Pavelski setup (with a secondary marker going to Brooks Orpik.)
Embedded video_content_type: Phil Kessel analyzes his hat trick
The Maple Leafs forward finished the hatty midway though the second period after converting a pass from — who else? — Pavelski, which gave the U.S. a 3-0 lead. Ryan McDonagh scored with just under eight minutes remaining in the frame to give the Americans a four-goal lead heading into the second intermission.
Embedded video_content_type: Team USA smokes Slovenia, 5-1
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