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NHL: Pittsburgh 4, Minnesota 2

Oct. 18, 2011 at 11:14 PM

ST. PAUL, Minn., Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Brent Johnson turned aside 24-of-26 shots and James Neal scored an unassisted goal Tuesday, boosting the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 4-2 victory over Minnesota.

Johnson picked up his first victory of the season after two overtime losses for the shorthanded Penguins, who were playing without suspended defenseman Kris Letang.

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Neal made it 3-1 for the Penguins less than 4 minutes into the final period when he picked the pocket of Wild defenseman Marco Scandella, skated in alone on netminder Nicklas Backstrom and beat him with a wrist shot -- his sixth goal of the year.

Pascal Dupuis sealed the win with shorthanded tally later in the frame for Pittsburgh, which rebounded from a Monday loss in Winnipeg.

Cal Clutterbuck and Guillaume Latendresse found the net for Minnesota, which fell to 2-2-2 to start the season.

Backstrom made 21 stops.

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