Kessel's hat trick leads USA to 5-1 win over Slovenia

Phil Kessel scored three goals and Ryan Miller shut out Slovenia for 59 minutes on Sunday to lead the USA to a 5-1 win over Slovenia to wrap up round-robin play.

Kessel got going right away as the Americans showed little early sign of a hangover after the big win over Russia on Saturday. On his first shift, Kessel made a brilliant move to open the scoring just 1:04 into the game. He would add a second goal a couple of minutes later when he batted a Joe Pavelski pass out of the air for a quick 2-0 lead.

The score would stay that way as Slovenia carried play for most of the remainder of the first period and into the early second. But then the USA had a monster offensive shift that resulted in a third goal for Kessel, the first hat trick by an American at the Olympics since 2002.

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