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Pominville nets 3 third period goals; Wild beat Pittsburgh 4-1

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Jason Pominville had a natural hat trick in the third period, and the Minnesota Wild beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 in an exhibition game on Monday night.

Pominville’s one-timer from above the right circle beat Jeff Zatkoff at 8:39. Four minutes later, he scored on a wraparound, and he also had an empty-netter.

Zach Parise also scored for the Wild (2-1-1).

Steve Downie scored for Pittsburgh, which again played without captain Sidney Crosby. The centre missed the game to attend his grandmother’s funeral.

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Thomas Greiss made eight saves and Zatkoff had six for the Penguins (2-3-0). Darcy Kuemper stopped 32 shots for Minnesota.

Parise tipped in a pass from Mikael Granlund in the first period for a 1-0 Wild lead, and Downie controlled a pass from Kris Letang before sliding the puck into an open net in the second.