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James Neal gets hat trick as Pittsburgh Penguins beat Carolina Hurricanes 8-3

Saturday, 04.27.2013 / 10:35 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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James Neal gets hat trick as Pittsburgh Penguins beat Carolina Hurricanes 8-3

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - James Neal scored three goals in his first game back from a concussion and the Pittsburgh Penguins snapped a two-game skid with an 8-3 victory over Jordan Staal and the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday.

Evgeni Malkin had a goal and two assists for the Penguins, who had three third-period goals in 5:24 to turn a tie game into a rout. Brenden Morrow and former Hurricane Jussi Jokinen - both acquired at the trade deadline - also scored.

Kevin Westgarth recorded his first two goals of the season, and Tuomo Ruutu also scored for the Hurricanes, who will miss the playoffs for the fourth straight time.

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