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Wild top Penguins on Pominville's hat trick

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Jason Pominville's third-period hat trick was more than enough to power the Minnesota Wild past the Pittsburgh Penguins, who again played without Sidney Crosby.

The Penguins said Sunday that Crosby would make his preseason debut at Xcel Energy Center, but he returned to Nova Scotia for the funeral of his grandmother, who died Saturday.

Pominville broke a 1-1 tie when he converted a pass from Zach Parise at 8:39 of the third period. He scored again at 12:57 and completed his hat trick by hitting the empty net with 20 seconds remaining.

Parise opened the scoring with a power-play goal at 18:32 of the first period. Pittsburgh tied it on a goal by Steve Downie at 15:33 of the second. That was the only one of the Penguins' 33 shots to beat goaltender Darcy Kuemper.

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