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PITTSBURGH -- The star-studded, but dormant, Pittsburgh Penguins offence woke up just in time to snap a losing streak. James Neal and Brandon Sutter each had a goal and an assist, and the Penguins won for the first time in four games, 4-1 over the Nashville Predators on Friday night. Pittsburgh scored one goal in each game during the losing streak. The Penguins scored four times for the second time in their past 11 games in improving to 8-3 at home. "I think we had as many -- if not more -- chances last game and we couldnt find the back of the net, but tonight it felt good to get on the board," Neal said. "After we got the first goal, we started rolling and we didnt look back." Playing in his fourth game of the season because of an upper-body injury, Neal -- a former 40-goal scorer -- netted his first of the season late in the first period to give the Penguins a lead they didnt relinquish against the road-weary Predators. Nashville lost the final four of a franchise-record, 17-day, seven-game trip. Gabriel Bourque scored 2:28 in but the Predators were held to one or fewer goals for the fourth consecutive game. "This was just a frustrating game all the way around," said Predators centre Mike Fisher, who returned after missing four games because of a lower-body injury. "Weve got to be much better. Ive got to be much better, and weve got to find ways to score here. Its not acceptable." Pascal Dupuis and Kris Letang also scored, and Evgeni Malkin extended his point streak to six with two assists for Pittsburgh. Marc-Andre Fleury made 17 saves. The Penguins, who have held opponents under three goals in seven of eight games, had a 33-18 advantage in shots. "It was one of those games where we knew it was a matter of time," Dupuis said. "We were going to play the 60 minutes the way we wanted to play. Thats what it looked like tonight." Nashville, which entered 7-0-2 when scoring first, couldnt take advantage of an early lead given. Bourque shoved a puck past Fleury after it had deflected off of Malkins stick and Penguins defenceman Olli Maattas skate after Kevin Kleins shot from the point. Bourque, who scored his second of the season, missed Nashvilles previous game because of the birth of his first child. That lead lasted just 10 minutes before Dupuis and Neal scored 2:20 apart to put the Penguins in front in the first period. "The guys played an awesome game after that (Nashville goal)," Fleury said. "We dominated the game." Dupuis second of the season -- a rising slap shot from the top of the left circle off a set faceoff play -- came at 12:36, shortly after Nashville killed a penalty for too many men on the ice. But with the Predators Ryan Ellis off for interference minutes later, Neal got a piece of Malkins slap shot from the point while he stood in front of rookie goalie Marek Mazanec. The 22-year-old Mazanec made his NHL debut a week earlier and had his first career start Tuesday. He stopped 21 of 25 shots in two periods, and fellow rookie Carter Hutton played the third. Mazanec made a spectacular glove save on Neal early in the second period, but Letang made it 3-1 with his fourth of the season at 7:58. "Itll be good to get home," Fisher said. "Its always tough to come off a long roadie, but obviously were all looking forward to getting home. Thats the longest trip Ive ever had." After skipping the morning skate because of illness, Letang scored off a feed from Malkin. Sutter made it 4-1 with 1:23 left in the second. "The second (period), we really took over the game," Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma said. "Shift after shift, we played in the offensive zone." Nashvilles Eric Nystrom was knocked out of the game by a punch to the head during a fight with Tanner Glass late in the second period. Bloodied from a cut on his forehead, Nystrom needed assistance and wobbled to the dressing room. He didnt return to the game. The previous time Nystrom played against the Penguins on Feb. 29, 2012, he delivered a controversial hit to the head of Letang, and the Pittsburgh defenceman was out of the lineup for two weeks. Then with the Dallas Stars, Nystrom was given a roughing penalty but wasnt disciplined further by the NHL. Glass wasnt with the Penguins then. Nystrom wasnt available for comment after the game, but about an hour after it ended he tweeted, "All good folks. Got popped behind the earhole! Weird spot. Appreciate the concern n support!!" NOTES: Pirates manager Clint Hurdle received a long ovation when he was recognized on the video board for being named the National League manager of the year this week. After the game, he was in the Penguins locker room accompanying his young son, who was celebrating a birthday and collecting autographs. . 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Backstrom made a smooth transition, turning aside 37 shots in regulation and overtime before teammate Charlie Coyle scored the winner in the fourth round of the 3-2 shootout victory. "You have to be ready all the time and you never know whats going to happen so you have to find a way to be ready and be at your best," Backstrom said after picking up his second win of the season. Harding suffered a lower-body injury in warm-up after he slipped on a puck. Backstrom was returning from his first concussion, suffered after an elbow to the head by Nazem Kadri on Nov. 13 that led to the Toronto forward being suspended for three games. His first full practice was Friday. Wild backup netminder Darcy Kuemper was on his way to Iowa of the AHL, but was contacted at the Winnipeg airport and whisked to the MTS Centre to sit on the bench in case Backstrom needed relief. "He (Backstrom is) the difference in the game for us," Minnesota head coach Mike Yeo said. "I mean, obviously I give our players a great deal of credit for dealing with the adversity with what happened at the beginning of the game. Its a little bit easier to deal with it when you see your goalie go out and play the way that he was. "In the first period, we just werent good enough by any stretch and he kept us in it and gave a us a chance to continue to find our game and its a real credit to Backy." Minnesota moved to 15-5-4 and has won six of its past seven games and is 9-1-1 in November. The loss extended Winnipeg (10-11-4) winless streak to four games (0-2-2). It was the Jets eighth shootout of the season and third loss in the contest. Pavelec stopped 35 in regulation and overtime for Winnipeg. Aside from Coyle, who deked to beat Pavelec for his first career shootout goal and second attempt, Mikko Koivu also scored in the shootout. Bryan Little beat Backstrom for the Jets. Michael Frolik and Matt Halischuk each had a goal and assist for Winnipeg in regulation. Nino Niederreiter and Zach Parise scored for Minnesota, with Parises 11th of the season sending the gamme into overtime.dddddddddddd Parise added an assist and now has 12 points in his last 10 games. Jets coach Claude Noel said his team played a pretty good game against the surging Wild. "Theyve been the best team in the National Hockey League in the month of November," Noel said. "Its not been an easy task. Weve lost to them 2-1, 2-1 and now 3-2 in a shootout so were close, were getting there." This time, the back-breaker for the Jets came in the third period. Winnipeg was ahead 2-1 and it looked like the lead might be secure when Wild defenceman Marco Scandella was called for hooking at 14:02. But the short-handed situation was no challenge for the Wild. Ryan Suter, Mikko Koivu and Parise got on a 3-on-2 breakway and Parise fired a low shot past Pavelec with 4:48 remaining. "The puck got rimmed around, didnt quite make it to the defenceman and boom, they came back 3-on-2," Noel said. Pavelec thought his teammates played better, but was lamenting not getting two points. "The way we lost today, its disappointing," Pavelec said. "We had the game. We had it. We should close it up. We didnt and we lost the point." After a scoreless first period in which Winnipeg outshot the visitors 14-4, Frolik marked his sixth goal of the season late in the second when the Wild turned the puck over just outside their blue-line. Frolik got the puck and sent a pass to Halischuk, who fired high at Backstrom. The puck went into the air and then onto the ice near the crease, where Frolik was on the spot to flip it into the net at 13:07. Minnesota tied it up 1-1 at 3:21 of the third when Scandella took a pass from Parise and fired a shot from the high slot. Niederreiter got the rebound and put it past Pavelec. 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