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Associated Press , Published March 20 2012

Neal, Crosby pace Penguins to win against Jets

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 dished out three assists to lift his point total to an NHL-leading 93.

Bryan Little scored twice for the Jets. Ondrej Pavelec was pulled in the second after allowing five Penguins goals on 24 shots.

Winnipeg 2 2 0–4

Pittsburgh 2 4 2–8

First period: 1, Pittsburgh, Kennedy 7 (Crosby, Cooke), 2:04. 2, Winnipeg, Slater 10 (Glass, Machacek), 3:35. 3, Winnipeg, Little 20 (Ladd, Enstrom), 12:51 (pp). 4, Pittsburgh, Neal 33 (Malkin, Crosby), 16:44 (pp).

Second period: 5, Pittsburgh, Neal 34 (Malkin), 1:15. 6, Winnipeg, Little 21 (Ladd, Enstrom), 3:54. 7, Pittsburgh, Kennedy 8 (Crosby, Cooke), 6:55. 8, Pittsburgh, Malkin 42 (Crosby, Martin), 11:31. 9, Winnipeg, Stapleton 9 (Maxwell, Machacek), 14:39. 10, Pittsburgh, Neal 35 (Malkin, Orpik), 17:03.

Third period: 11, Pittsburgh, Malkin 43 (Kunitz, Neal), 2:07. 12, Pittsburgh, Dupuis 21 (Staal, Sullivan), 13:27.

Shots on Goal – Winnipeg 12-10-8 – 30. Pittsburgh 13-15-7 – 35.

Goalies: Winnipeg, Pavelec, Mason. Pittsburgh, Thiessen. A – 18,589 (18,387). T – 2:30.