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NHL Game Summary - New Jersey at Pittsburgh

(Saturday, November 29th)

Final Score: Pittsburgh 4, New Jersey 1

Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Sidney Crosby recorded his first hat trick of the season and picked up four points, as Pittsburgh topped New Jersey, 4-1, at Mellon Arena.

Petr Sykora also lit the lamp and Evgeni Malkin registered two helpers for the Penguins, who have alternated wins and losses in the last seven games.

Dany Sabourin made 29 saves for his third win in four starts.

Michael Rupp provided the only offense for the Devils, whose five-game win streak came to a crashing halt. Scott Clemmensen had a personal four-start win streak snapped after allowing three scores on 34 shots.

"The whole league is full of talented players, and then there's the elite players, who are more talented," Clemmensen said when referring to Crosby and Malkin. "When those guys are the hardest working players on the ice, that is scary good. When elite players are the hardest workers, that's very, very dangerous."

Crosby opened the scoring 1:21 into the contest with a brilliant spin-o-rama move which totally fooled two defenseman as well as Clemmensen, who dove too early only to see the Pens' captain slide the puck by him off the far post.

Sykora made it 2-0 on a power play at 7:26 of the second period on an easy tap-in off a Crosby feed.

Pittsburgh took a 3-0 lead a little more than four minutes later as Malkin played a bad clear in the low slot right to Crosby for a slam dunk from the right side of the crease.

Rupp got the Devils on the board on a nifty wrister under the crossbar 1:54 into the third period, but Crosby finished off his three-goal night on an empty-netter with 2:01 remaining.

I've had a lot of two goal games," Crosby noted of his brief but notable career. "It's something in the back of your mind. It's nice to do it at home. That's something I don't know if it will happen again, so it's nice."

Game Notes

It was Crosby's second career hat trick, and the first since a three-goal game in an 8-2 win in Philadelphia on October 28, 2006...The Devils had won six of the previous seven games in Pittsburgh prior to Saturday...Pittsburgh faces the New York Rangers in Manhattan on Wednesday, while New Jersey is off until Thursday at Philadelphia.

11/29 23:11:41 ET

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