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Pominville nets 3 third period goals; Wild beat Pittsburgh 4-1

  • Minnesota Wild left wing Thomas Vanek (26), of Austria, and Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Scott Harrington (6) chase the puck during the first period of a preseason NHL hockey game in St. Paul, Minn., Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

    Minnesota Wild left wing Thomas Vanek (26), of Austria, and Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Scott Harrington (6) chase the puck during the first period of a preseason NHL hockey game in St. Paul, Minn., Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)  (The Associated Press)

  • Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Patric Hornqvist (72), of Sweden, takes a hit from Minnesota Wild defenseman Christian Folin (5) as they chase the puck during the second period of a preseason NHL hockey game in St. Paul, Minn., Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

    Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Patric Hornqvist (72), of Sweden, takes a hit from Minnesota Wild defenseman Christian Folin (5) as they chase the puck during the second period of a preseason NHL hockey game in St. Paul, Minn., Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)  (The Associated Press)

  • Minnesota Wild defenseman Mathew Dumba (55) and Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Craig Adams (27) chase the puck during the first period of a preseason NHL hockey game in St. Paul, Minn., Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

    Minnesota Wild defenseman Mathew Dumba (55) and Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Craig Adams (27) chase the puck during the first period of a preseason NHL hockey game in St. Paul, Minn., Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)  (The Associated Press)

Jason Pominville had a natural hat trick in the third period, and the Minnesota Wild beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 in an exhibition game on Monday night.

Pominville's one-timer from above the right circle beat Jeff Zatkoff at 8:39. Four minutes later, he scored on a wraparound, and he also had an empty-netter.

Zach Parise also scored for the Wild (2-1-1).

Steve Downie scored for Pittsburgh, which again played without captain Sidney Crosby. The center missed the game to attend his grandmother's funeral.

Thomas Greiss made eight saves and Zatkoff had six for the Penguins (2-3-0). Darcy Kuemper stopped 32 shots for Minnesota.

Parise tipped in a pass from Mikael Granlund in the first period for a 1-0 Wild lead, and Downie controlled a pass from Kris Letang before sliding the puck into an open net in the second.