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Neal has 3 goals, 2 assists as Pens beat CBJ, 5-3

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RUSTY MILLER | December 29, 2013 08:45 PM EST | AP


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — James Neal scored three times and had two assists, and Sidney Crosby scored the go-ahead goal and set up two other tallies to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins past the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-3 on Sunday night.

Chris Kunitz added his 21st goal and two assists, and Jeff Zatkoff made 25 saves for the Penguins, who have won all four meetings with Columbus this season.

Neal scored twice on the power play, including his third goal of the night and 14th of the season with 2:27 left — giving him a career-high five points.

Brandon Dubinsky, Corey Tropp and Nikita Nikitin scored for the Blue Jackets before their biggest home crowd of the season, 18,871. Nikitin also had an assist.

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