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Jussi Jokinen scores hat trick vs. Canes team that waived, traded him

Oct 8, 2013, 10:21 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 8: Jussi Jokinen #36 of the Pittsburgh Penguins beats Cam Ward #30 of the Carolina Hurricanes to give the Penguins a 1-0 lead during the first period on September 16, 2013 at the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Vincent Pugliese/Getty Images) Getty Images

It was less than a year ago that the Carolina Hurricanes just wanted to get rid of forward Jussi Jokinen. They were open to giving him away for nothing on waivers, but teams didn’t want his $3 million annual cap hit through the 2013-14 campaign.

Eventually the Pittsburgh Penguins agreed to take a chance on him, but only if Carolina retained part of his salary, which they did. That’s quite the fall from grace for the former 30-goal scorer, but Jokinen has been determined to prove that he’s still a valuable player.

He paid immediate dividends for the Pittsburgh Penguins, scoring seven goals and 11 points in 10 regular season games last season. Then, against the Hurricanes tonight, he made them pay for giving up on him with a hat trick in Pittsburgh’s 5-2 victory.

“I won’t even try to deny it,” the 30-year-old forward told the Raleigh News & Observer’s Chip Alexander. “It’s always extra motivation when you play against your former team.”

Pittsburgh are now 3-0-0 as they get ready for their first road trip of the 2013-14 campaign. They will play against the Panthers on Friday.

  1. joey4id - Oct 8, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    Nice to see the Pens put their full talent on display. We saw amazing offensive wizardry, and MAF played a very solid game. Looking forward to seeing them play a top 5 team.

  2. chanceoffleury1 - Oct 8, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    Once Neal returns this line is just going to be absurd. They looked so freaking good in the preseason together and it’s bound to only improve as the season goes on. They could easily turn into the Pens’ top offensive line. Heal up quick, James!

    • joey4id - Oct 8, 2013 at 11:06 PM

      And with Letang back in the line up the Pens will be very difficult to beat. Fleury looked poised tonight. He played his angles well, didn’t over play or fght the puck. He let the puck come to him, and didn’t look anxious at all. Was very steady. Good for him.

  3. pitpenguinsrulez - Oct 8, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    Awesome game to be at and what’s ironic is that I was at the preseason game with my 6 year old cousin when he scored his hat trick vs Columbus and now tonight I see him or as we call him Juicy J get a hat trick again! That’s a bit messed up. …and tonight I learned first hand to never get tickets to a game when your stuck in Oakland at PITT because of having a Bio Lab that goes still 6:20. LETS GO PENS!!

  4. jpelle82 - Oct 9, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    wonder how rutherford feels knowing he is paying jokinen to score those 3 goals against his team

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