Sidney Crosby had his fourth career hat trick and added two assists for his second five-point game and the Pittsburgh Penguins won, 8-3, over the New York Rangers on Saturday night.
Crosby fell a point short of his career high, when he had six Dec. 13, 2006, in an 8-4 win at Philadelphia.
Crosby scored once in the first and twice in the third period and added two-first period assists to help the Penguins rout the Rangers, winless in regulation at Mellon Arena in their last 13 tries.
Evgeni Malkin, Max Talbot, Mark Eaton, Pascal Dupuis and Tyler Kennedy also scored for Pittsburgh, which has won six of eight and remained tied with Washington atop the Eastern Conference.
Defensemen Marc Staal, Matt Gilroy and Michal Rozsival scored for New York, which has lost four of six and is 6-12-1 since a 7-1 start.
Crosby, who assisted goals by Malkin and Talbot, finished the game with a plus-4 rating, matching a career high.
-- associated press