Crosby’s hat trick leads Penguins past Panthers 4-0 (Yahoo Sports)

March 20, 2017

Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby returns to his bench after get a hat-trick with his third goal of the game in the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Florida Panthers in Pittsburgh, Sunday, March 19, 2017. Pittsburgh won 4-0. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

A moment of reconciliation more than 15 years in the making allowed the Pittsburgh Penguins to pay tribute to an important part of their past. Then Sidney Crosby and the precocious kids who play alongside him provided a thrilling reminder of just how good the defending Stanley Cup champions have it in the present. The captain poured in a natural hat trick during a 10:45 span between the second and third periods – all three assists coming from linemates Conor Sheary and Jake Guentzel – as the Penguins pulled away for a 4-0 victory over the Florida Panthers on Sunday.

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