U.S. drops Slovenia behind Kessel's hat trick, faces Canada next

Updated: May 7, 2008, 7:46 PM ET
Associated Press

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia -- Phil Kessel had a hat trick and the United States scored three power-play goals in a 5-1 win over Slovenia in a preliminary round game of the world championships on Sunday night.

The Boston Bruins forward scored twice with the man advantage in the second, then added his third of the game on an even-strength tally 9 minutes into the third.

"It was nice," Kessel said of scoring at even strength. "It's a big part of the game. It's been a lot of power plays out ...

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