Neal's hat trick lifts Penguins

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Pittsburgh's Jordan Staal (right) slaps Winnipeg's Evander Kane on the helmet with his stick while competing for the puck. The Penguins rolled to a win Tuesday night.  JASON COHN/REUTERS
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Pittsburgh's Jordan Staal (right) slaps Winnipeg's Evander Kane on the helmet with his stick while competing for the puck. The Penguins rolled to a win Tuesday night.

PITTSBURGH — James Neal recorded his second NHL hat trick, and Sidney Crosby had four assists in his first home game in more than three months as the Pittsburgh Penguins ripped the Winnipeg Jets 8-4 on Tuesday night.

Evgeni Malkin added two goals – including the 200th of his NHL career – and had three assists to lift his point total to an NHL-high 93.

PANTHERS 2, FLYERS 1

In Philadelphia, Stephen Weiss and Sean Bergenheim both scored, and Scott Clemmensen stopped 35 shots to lead Florida to its fifth consecutive win.

Eric Wellwood scored for the Flyers.

DEVILS 1, SENATORS 0

In Ottawa, Ilya Kovalchuk scored his 400th NHL goal, and backup goalie Johan Hedberg made it stand up in New Jersey’s slim victory over Ottawa.

Kovalchuk also has 376 assists in 771 NHL regular-season games.

OILERS 6, PREDATORS 3

In Nashville, Tenn., Ales Hemsky scored three goals for his first hat trick in the NHL, and the Edmonton beat Nashville.

Darcy Hordichuk, Ryan Jones and Sam Gagner also had goals, and Devan Dubnyk made 40 saves for Edmonton. David Legwand scored twice for Nashville, and Patric Hornqvist added a goal and an assist.

BLACKHAWKS 5,

BLUE JACKETS 1

In Columbus, Ohio, Patrick Sharp scored two goals, Duncan Keith had four assists, and Corey Crawford made 24 saves as Chicago completed a season-series sweep of Columbus.

The Blackhawks outscored the Blue Jackets 31-10 in the six games.

ISLANDERS 5, MAPLE LEAFS 2

In Toronto, Matt Moulson scored a power-play goal with just over six minutes remaining, and New York handed Toronto its eighth consecutive home loss.

Toronto has recorded only 27 total shots in the back-to-back losses, including 14 against New York.

STARS 4, COYOTES 3 (SO)

In Dallas, Mike Ribeiro had three assists in regulation, then scored in the second round of the shootout to lift the Stars into sole possession of first place in the Pacific Division with a win over Phoenix.


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