Nyquist helps Blue Jackets beat Penguins 5-2

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Columbus Blue Jackets forward Gustav Nyquist, left, of Sweden, passes in front Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin, of Russia, during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Columbus, Ohio, Friday, Nov. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gustav Nyquist scored three times to help the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-2 on Friday night.

Nick Foligno had two goals for the Blue Jackets, who won for the fifth time in seven games. Joonas Korpisalo had 29 saves, making several good stops with Pittsburgh pressing in the third period.

It was Nyquist’s second career hat trick. It was the first hat trick for Columbus since Boone Jenner scored three times in a 7-4 victory over Boston on March 12.

Jake Guentzel had a goal and assist for Pittsburgh, which had won three in a row. Kris Letang also scored, Evgeni Malkin added two assists and Tristan Jarry had 25 saves.

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