Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz both recorded five points Sunday night, and the Pittsburgh Penguins (18-8) earned their fifth consecutive victory, routing the New York Islanders 6-1 at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh.
Crosby tied a career high with five assists, and Kunitz recorded his second hat trick of the season (4th career) and added two helpers.
Pascal Dupuis scored twice, and James Neal added his 17th goal of the year. Tomas Vokoun (6-3) stopped 23 of 24 shots for the win in goal.
Brad Boyes was the only goal-scorer for the Islanders (11-12-3).
The game marked the beginning of a string of 10 home games in 12 contests for the Penguins. They will host Boston on Tuesday night, playing the Bruins for the first time this season. Radio pregame time on 96.3 KQW will be 7:00 PM.
Meanwhile, the Penguins say Evgeni Malkin will miss one to two weeks of action with an “upper body injury.” The team says the problem is not related to the concussion which recently sidelined Malkin for three games. It appears that Malkin hurt his shoulder in the final minute of regulation play in the Pens’ 5-4 overtime shootout win in Toronto on Saturday night.