Neal’s hat trick carries Pens past Jackets

Updated: December 29, 2013

Columbus, OH ( – James Neal recorded his fourth career hat-
trick along with two assists to help lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 5-3 win
over the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena.

Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz each registered a goal and two assists for the
Penguins, who have won nine of their last 10 contests. Jeff Zatkoff made 25
stops in the win.

Brandon Dubinsky, Corey Tropp and Nikita Nikitin lit the lamp for the Blue
Jackets, who had a three-game win streak snapped.