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07:42 AM ET 02.17 | Taking over Team USA's spotlight hasn't much changed Phil Kessel. "No difference at all," chirped U.S. roommate and linemate James van Riemsdyk. "It's still the same cranky Phil." An endlessly static personality, Kessel continued his 2014 domination on Sunday afternoon, racking up a hat trick in the Americans final preliminary round game against Slovenia, a thorough 5-1 victory at Shayba Arena. Currently the hottest player on the planet, the 26-year-old has already strung together four goals and seven points. ... Rooming during these Olympics with his Toronto linemate van Riemsdyk, Kessel has been consuming the Friday Night Lights TV series on his iPad during off-time from the rink. "We haven't really had much dialogue in the room except when he wants to chirp me now and again," said van Riemsdyk.

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February 17, 2014  09:16 AM ET

Cranky Phil! Maybe that's why he's scoring?

February 17, 2014  09:40 AM ET

Cranky Phil. Good thing the Limpics don't go on for a month.....

February 17, 2014  10:17 AM ET

Friday Night Lights? No wonder he's cranky, he should be watching True Detective on HBO instead.

February 17, 2014  10:20 AM ET

Good for Phil, he's standing up and the USA team is among the best so far.

February 17, 2014  10:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

True Detective

A most excellent series for sure.

February 17, 2014  10:39 AM ET
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Cranky Phil. Good thing the Limpics don't go on for a month.....

That would be Limpi-X.

Which they've become. The X Games.....

February 17, 2014  10:42 AM ET
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Good for Phil, he's standing up and the USA team is among the best so far.

But leaning to one side.

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February 17, 2014  10:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

But leaning to one side.

True, except for the slow starting Russians haven't really been tested yet.

February 17, 2014  01:33 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Cranky Phil! Maybe that's why he's scoring?

he gets cranky when he's 200% focused.

February 17, 2014  01:57 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Friday Night Lights? No wonder he's cranky, he should be watching True Detective on HBO instead.

Indeed... and Justified too.

February 17, 2014  02:24 PM ET
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That would be Limpi-X.Which they've become. The X Games.....

Hook me up, Scotty.

February 17, 2014  04:10 PM ET
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Hook me up, Scotty.

He's giving it all he's got. Crank it up, we need it.

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February 17, 2014  09:02 PM ET
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If I had to go home and gaze at one of my nuggets in a jar of formaldehyde (sp) on the mantle I'd probably be a bit teste as well.

Smirk.....

Well played.

February 17, 2014  10:02 PM ET

Bet he wishes he was rooming with the other Kessel.

February 17, 2014  10:32 PM ET
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If I had to go home and gaze at one of my nuggets in a jar of formaldehyde (sp) on the mantle I'd probably be a bit teste as well.

Yet he's showing more testicular fortitude with one gonad in a jar than most do with two in their scrotum.

 
February 18, 2014  12:44 PM ET

Maybe he is cranky because he needs some Phil Layshow??!!!

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