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Kessel scores first U.S. hat trick at Olympics in 12 years

Feb 16, 2014, 8:55 AM EDT

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Phil Kessel‘s outstanding Olympic tournament continued on Sunday, as he recorded a natural hat trick in what is shaping up to be a blowout victory over Slovenia.

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.

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.)

VIDEO: Watch Kessel’s 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.

Related: Carter scores Canada’s first natural hat trick at Olympics in 58 years

  1. sjsharks86 - Feb 16, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    USA & Canadian players both get hattys, and what’s the common demoninator? Sharks players getting all the assists.

  2. hardkor07mn - Feb 16, 2014 at 9:17 AM

    Did anyone else notice that Dustin Brown didn’t shake Kessels hand when he went down the line at the bench? Every other player on the bench stuck their glove up to congratulate Kessel except Brown.
    What a tool. He don’t even belong there to start. Seriously wish somebody would put some lumber in his teeth. PUKE

    • badgerhockey77 - Feb 16, 2014 at 10:27 AM

      I noticed it too. I never liked Brown to begin with. This just makes me dislike that punk even more. For the life of me…I cannot fathom WHY he is on the team!

      • nogoodtomedead - Feb 16, 2014 at 10:33 AM

        Well we need him out there to take a dive when Radulov brushes up against him to draw a power play.

      • 19to77 - Feb 16, 2014 at 3:14 PM

        What, was Michael Phelps too busy?

    • gobillz - Feb 16, 2014 at 12:48 PM

      Yea, they clearly don’t get along—->

  3. btlpper68 - Feb 16, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    But the first one though prety sick, #8 getting him the puck

  4. schusters3 - Feb 16, 2014 at 2:56 PM

    Here we go again. You want Brown to be a good teammate (as do I) but you bad mouth any US player you have a beef with from NHL circumstances. Put your provincialism aside for another week and start you complaining after the tournament. Would you actually rather get a silver than have Brown score the game winning goal for the gold? Get over yourselves. Go USA!

    • 19to77 - Feb 16, 2014 at 3:19 PM

      You’re talking about Brown like he’s deserving of being in the Olympics in the first place. Why would that be? What does he even bring now? Scoring? He appears to have forgotten that hockey is even decided by goals, let alone how to get one. Physical play? The most he’s contributed physically was a kneeing penalty that led to Russia’s tying goal. Leadership? See earlier comments on what a classless jackass he is even to his own TEAMMATE.

      Dustin Brown offers literally nothing to this team that Brandon Saad couldn’t have offered more of.

  5. schusters3 - Feb 16, 2014 at 3:40 PM

    I guess USA hockey overlooked your resume when looking for GMs. There will always be controversial picks, but when the tournament starts put it aside and support the whole team.

  6. 7mantel - Feb 16, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    Where do you guys get your info from ,Brown and Kessel discussed after game how Brown asked Kessel for his stick !Don’t know about you but if I was either one of these guys and hated the other like you guys say they , I wouldn’t stand there and joke about it !

  7. hardkor07mn - Feb 16, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    I never said, they don’t get along. I’m saying, Brown is a liability to this team. It’s all about him! So far he has done nothing but land in the penalty box. He’s an overrated player at best. There are 100 guys I would have picked in front of that loser.

    • badgerhockey77 - Feb 16, 2014 at 7:40 PM

      I agree with you 100%! Brown is garbage. Put him in the stands where he can’t hurt the team with his inept play and dumb penalties!

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