By the time the United States’ game against Slovenia was half over on Sunday, Phil Kessel had done something that hadn’t been done since the last time the winter Olympics took place in the US — score a hat trick.
Kessel’s natural hat trick was the first since former Philadelphia Flyer John Leclair recorded one in Salt Lake City in 2002. His hatty came during USA’s tournament opener that year which was a 6-0 throttling of Finland.
Through three games, Kessel has seven points for the USA. He has also been apart of the team’s most productive line with James van Riemsdyk and Joe Pavelski. Oh, and in case you were wondering, all three of Kessel’s goals were primarily assisted by Pavelski.
Kessel will have the opportunity to increase his point total when the United States play in the tournament quarterfinals on Wednesday.
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