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By Josh Yohe
Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, 6:48 p.m.
 

Forward Beau Bennett seemed to have the upper hand on playing with center Evgeni Malkin and right wing James Neal on the Penguins' second line.

Then Jussi Jokinen received a look.

Jokinen registered a natural hat trick in the second period of a 5-3 exhibition loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday at Consol Energy Center.

Malkin and Neal each produced two assists on Jokinen's scoring barrage.

It was otherwise an indifferent exhibition appearance for the Penguins, who are now 1-3 in the preseason. They next play Monday at home against the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago before finishing the preseason Wednesday in Detroit.

Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury played the entire game, allowing three goals on the first six shots before playing significantly better in the game's second half.

Columbus' Boone Jenner scored twice, including the game-winner.

Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review - The Penguins' Harry Zolnierczyk gets taken out by the Blue Jackets' Jack Skille in the first period Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013 at Consol Energy Center.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review</em></div>The Penguins' Harry Zolnierczyk gets taken out by the Blue Jackets' Jack Skille in the first period Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013 at Consol Energy Center.
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review - The Penguins' Olli Maatta defends the Blue Jackets' Cam Atkinson in the second period Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, at Consol Energy Center.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review</em></div>The Penguins' Olli Maatta defends  the Blue Jackets' Cam Atkinson in the second period Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, at Consol Energy Center.
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review - Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury makes a second-period save in front of the Blue Jackets' Brandon Dubinsky on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, at Consol Energy Center.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review</em></div>Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury makes a second-period save in front of the Blue Jackets' Brandon Dubinsky on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, at Consol Energy Center.
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review - The Blue Jackets' Boone Jenner bounces the puck off Penguins defenseman Brooks Oprik to beat Marc-Andre Fleury for a third-period goal Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, at Consol Energy Center.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review</em></div>The Blue Jackets' Boone Jenner bounces the puck off Penguins defenseman Brooks Oprik to beat Marc-Andre Fleury for a third-period goal Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, at Consol Energy Center.
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review - The Blue Jackets' Fedor Tyutin gets called for elbowing the Penguins' Brandon Sutter in the first period Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, at Consol Energy Center.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review</em></div>The Blue Jackets' Fedor Tyutin gets called for elbowing the Penguins' Brandon Sutter in the first period Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, at Consol Energy Center.
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review - The Penguins' James Neal and Evgeni Malkin celebrate with Jussi Jokinen after his first second-period goal agaisnt the Blue Jackets on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, at Consol Energy Center.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review</em></div>The Penguins' James Neal and Evgeni Malkin celebrate with Jussi Jokinen after his first second-period goal agaisnt the Blue Jackets on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, at Consol Energy Center.
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review - The Penguins' Jussi Jokinen celebrates his hat trick against the Blue Jackets in the second period Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, at Consol Energy Center.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review</em></div>The Penguins' Jussi Jokinen celebrates his hat trick against the Blue Jackets in the second period Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, at Consol Energy Center.
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review - The Blue Jackets' Bonne Jenner celebrates his first-period goal against the Penguins on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, at Consol Energy Center.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review</em></div>The Blue Jackets' Bonne Jenner celebrates his first-period goal against the Penguins on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, at Consol Energy Center.
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review - The Penguins' Dustin Jeffrey gets around the Blue Jackets' Nick Foligno in the third period Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, at Consol Energy Center.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review</em></div>The Penguins' Dustin Jeffrey gets around the Blue Jackets' Nick Foligno in the third period Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, at Consol Energy Center.
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review - Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky makes a third-period save on the Penguins' Jussi Jokinen on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, at Consol Energy Center.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review</em></div>Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky makes a third-period save on the Penguins' Jussi Jokinen on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, at Consol Energy Center.
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review - The Blue Jackets' Brandon Dubinsky beats Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury in the first period Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, at Consol Energy Center.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review</em></div>The Blue Jackets' Brandon Dubinsky beats Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury in the first period Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, at Consol Energy Center.
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review - Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury makes a second-period save in front of the Blue Jackets' Ryan Craig Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013 at Consol Enrgy Center.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review</em></div>Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury makes a second-period save in front of the Blue Jackets' Ryan Craig Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013 at Consol Enrgy Center.
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