NHL Playoffs: Penguins move on thanks to Malkin hat trick
COLUMBUS, Ohio — It wasn’t pretty, and it certainly wasn’t easy, but the Pittsburgh Penguins are moving on to second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
The Penguins got a hat trick from center Evgeni Malkin, then held on in the final minutes to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 Monday before 19,189 in Nationwide Arena.
Pittsburgh won the series in six games. The finale marked the only time the team that scored first emerged victorious.
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