Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 3/20/12

James Neal scored a hat trick and All-Star Evgeni Malkin had his second five-point game against Winnipeg this season to power the Pittsburgh Penguins to an 8-4 triumph over the Jets on Tuesday.

Sidney Crosby, playing at home for the first time since his comeback, collected four assists to give him nine helpers in four games to pull the Penguins within one point of the Eastern Conference-leading New York Rangers.

Neal completed his second career hat trick late in the second period for a 6-4 lead and Malkin had two goals and three assists to raise his league-leading point total to 93. Malkin also reached 200 career goals with his first tally.

Malkin had a goal and four assists in an 8-5 win over Winnipeg on Feb. 11, and Tuesday's game was played at the same pace with the teams trading two goals apiece in the opening period.

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