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Jussi Jokinen's hat trick leads Penguins to victory

The winger led Pittsburgh to a decisive win over his former team, the Carolina Hurricanes, Tuesday night.

By GABRIELLE LEVY, UPI.com
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Jussi Jokinen's hat trick leads Penguins to victory
Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Jussi Jokinen (36) shoots the puck over a diving Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti (24) and scores in the second period at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh on April 27, 2013. UPI/Archie Carpenter | License Photo

Facing his former team, the Penguins' Jussi Jokinen scored three goals to lead Pittsburgh to a 5-2 victory against the Carolina Hurricanes Tuesday.

Jokinen's hat trick was his first in six years, pushing the Penguins to a perfect 3-0-0 on the season.

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"There's always extra motivation when you play against your former team," the winger said. "I could have had five goals tonight. I hit the post and the crossbar too."

But three would have been enough, as the Hurricanes managed to catch Pittsburgh only briefly, in the third period. Less than two minutes later, Jokinen scored again, putting his team on top for good.

"It's so much fun," Jokinen said. "I'm just trying to enjoy every moment and work. I'm working hard in practice and games. Playing with [Evgeni Malkin] helps, too. We have great chemistry."

Jokinen spent more than four seasons in Carolina, and then joined the Penguins last March. He has so far netted 10 goals in 13 regular-season games.

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