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USA TODAY Sports Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin carries the puck out of the defensive zone against the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 6 of an NHL playoff series Monday at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The Penguins won the game 4-3.

NHL Playoffs: Penguins move on thanks to Malkin hat trick

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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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