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NHL Capsules: James Neal has hat trick as Penguins defeat Jets 8-4 @NHLdotcom

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - 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.

Pittsburgh bounced back from an overtime loss in Philadelphia, that ended an 11-game winning streak, and pulled within a point of the Eastern Conference-leading New York Rangers.

Tyler Kennedy scored twice for Pittsburgh, which dealt the Jets a blow in their pursuit of a playoff spot. Winnipeg trails eighth-place Washington by four points with nine games remaining.

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


PHILADELPHIA (AP) ? Stephen Weiss and Sean Bergenheim both scored, and Scott Clemmensen stopped 35 shots to lead Florida to its fifth straight win.

Eric Wellwood scored for the Flyers.

Clemmensen was outstanding for the Southeast Division leaders and he outplayed counterpart Ilya Bryzgalov. Bryzgalov, chosen as the NHL's first star for the second straight week, made 11 saves.

Clemmensen stopped all 11 shots in the first period to set the tone for the Panthers, who snapped a five-game losing streak to Philadelphia.

Bryzgalov was 8-0-1 with a 1.20 goals against average with four shutouts and a .960 save percentage to help the Flyers win three of four before Tuesday.


OTTAWA (AP) ??? Ilya Kovalchuk scored his 400th NHL goal, and backup goalie Johan Hedberg made it stand up in New Jersey's slim victory over Ottawa.

While working the point on the power play, Kovalchuk took a pass from defenceman Marek Zidlicky and fired a slapshot past goalie Ben Bishop with 2:40 left in the second period. The calm Kovalchuk kept his arms down and waited at the blue-line for his teammates to come to him for a subdued celebration.

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

Subbing for Martin Brodeur, who lost 4-2 at the New York Rangers on Monday, Hedberg made 34 saves for his fourth shutout of the season. He saved a first-period penalty shot by Erik Condra.

Bishop made 33 saves.


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) ??? 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. They won every game by at least three goals over Columbus, which has the worst record in the NHL.

Andrew Shaw and Marian Hossa each had a goal and an assist, and Brent Seabrook also scored for Chicago, which has won four in a row.

Crawford maintained a shutout until Rick Nash tipped in a shot by Jack Johnson to get the Blue Jackets on the board with 7:29 left.

Chicago scored on both of its power-play opportunities.


TORONTO (AP) ??? Matt Moulson scored a power-play goal with just over six minutes remaining, and the New York Islanders handed Toronto its eighth straight home loss.

PA Parenteau's breakaway goal less than two minutes later stretched New York's lead and caused a cascade of boos from disgruntled Maple Leafs fans. Moulson made it 5-2 with an empty-net goal.

It was another poor performance for the Maple Leafs, who were beaten 8-0 at Boston on Monday in their worst loss of a disappointing season. Toronto has recorded only 27 total shots in the back-to-back losses, including 14 against New York.

Josh Bailey and David Ullstrom also scored for the Islanders (30-32-11). John Tavares had three assists, and Parenteau added two.

Phil Kessel and Matthew Lombardi had goals for Toronto (32-34-8), 4-15-2 since Feb. 7.

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