NEWARK, N.J. — Evgeni Malkin scored two goals and the Penguins took advantage of a couple of defensive lapses by the Devils in posting a 6-1 victory on Sunday.
Matt Cullen, Nick Bonino, Bryan Rust and Scott Wilson also scored. Backup goaltender Matt Murray made 17 saves as the Penguins, fighting to stay in a playoff spot, rebounded from a dismal performance in a 4-2 loss to the Flames 24 hours earlier.
"It's the right response, the response that we were looking for," Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan said.
Kyle Palmieri scored his 25th goal of the season for New Jersey, which played without injured All-Star goaltender Cory Schneider, who had limited Pittsburgh to six goals in the teams' previous six meetings. Schneider has a MCL sprain and will be reevaluated in 2 weeks. Keith Kinkaid made 24 saves.
The win was the Penguins' fourth in six games and it moved them into the top wild card spot in the Eastern Conference, a point ahead of the Red Wings, who lost to the Blackhawks.
"Six goals is a lot," Malkin said, "but we were mad (Saturday), and we were ready to play."
The loss was the eighth in 10 games for New Jersey.
Game highlights: Patrick Kane scored his 38th goal on the first shot of the game and Corey Crawford made 33 saves, helping the host Blackhawks beat the Red Wings 4-1. The Red Wings played without center Pavel Datsyuk, who was scratched due to an illness. … Cal Clutterbuck scored the tiebreaking goal with 1:28 remaining in the third period and the Islanders defeated the host Rangers 6-4. The Islanders, who led 3-0 and 4-2 before the Rangers rallied to tie it on Derick Brassard's goal with about 81/2 minutes to go, ended their season-high seven-game road trip at 6-1-0. The Rangers' Antti Raanta made 26 saves in his second consecutive start in goal in place of Henrik Lundqvist, who is day to day because of neck spasms suffered when he collided with teammate Ryan McDonagh in Thursday's loss to Pittsburgh. … Antoine Roussel scored the go-ahead goal late in the third period, leading the Stars past the host Senators 2-1. Jason Spezza also scored against his former team, giving him at least one goal against all 30 teams, the Elias Sports Bureau said.
First Period—None. Penalties—Russell, Dal (interference), 1:15; Ja.Benn, Dal (tripping), 6:26.
Second Period—1, Ottawa, Z.Smith 18 (Stone, Pageau), 4:45. 2, Dallas, Spezza 24 (Russell, Ja.Benn), 14:05 (pp). Penalties—Z.Smith, Ott (tripping), 13:15; Eakin, Dal (high-sticking), 15:21; Pageau, Ott (tripping), 17:00.
Third Period—3, Dallas, Roussel 11 (Hemsky, Goligoski), 17:46. Penalties—None. Shots on Goal—Dallas 9-8-8—25. Ottawa 11-6-7—24. Power-play opportunities—Dallas 1 of 2; Ottawa 0 of 3. Goalies—Dallas, Lehtonen 18-8-1 (24 shots-23 saves). Ottawa, Hammond 4-8-3 (25-23).
First Period—1, Chicago, Kane 38 (Rozsival), :21. 2, Chicago, Keith 9 (Panarin, Anisimov), 6:19 (pp). 3, Detroit, Nyquist 16 (DeKeyser), 8:34. Penalties—Jurco, Det (cross-checking), 2:26; Keith, Chi (roughing), 2:26; Smith, Det (tripping), 4:32; Kronwall, Det (interference), 19:11.
Second Period—None. Penalties—Panik, Chi (tripping), 3:48; Chicago bench, served by Panarin (too many men), 8:53; Toews, Chi (slashing), 19:59.
Third Period—4, Chicago, Anisimov 19 (Panarin, Seabrook), 11:15 (pp). 5, Chicago, Toews 24 (Desjardins, Rozsival), 12:23. Penalties—Green, Det (hooking), 10:54. Shots on Goal—Detroit 8-13-13—34. Chicago 11-3-12—26. Power-play opportunities—Detroit 0 of 3; Chicago 2 of 3. Goalies—Detroit, Mrazek 24-13-6 (5 shots-3 saves), Howard (13:41 first, 21-19). Chicago, Crawford 35-16-3 (34-33).
First Period—1, N.Y. Islanders, Boychuk 6 (Bailey, Okposo), 2:50. 2, N.Y. Islanders, Nelson 22 (Tavares, Hickey), 3:35. 3, N.Y. Islanders, Okposo 17 (Leddy, Nielsen), 4:45 (pp). 4, N.Y. Rangers, Lindberg 12 (E.Staal), 11:16. 5, N.Y. Rangers, Glass 3 (Moore, Hayes), 11:54. 6, N.Y. Islanders, Boychuk 7 (Lee, Leddy), 13:14. 7, N.Y. Rangers, E.Staal 11 (Boyle, Stalberg), 13:45. Penalties—Hayes, NYR (slashing), 3:58; Moore, NYR (high-sticking), 14:17; Boychuk, NYI (tripping), 19:03.
Second Period—None. Penalties—Zuccarello, NYR (hooking), 2:53; Tavares, NYI (high-sticking), 13:22.
Third Period—8, N.Y. Rangers, Brassard 23 (Yandle, Stepan), 11:39 (pp). 9, N.Y. Islanders, Clutterbuck 12 (Cizikas), 18:32. 10, N.Y. Islanders, Nielsen 19 (Kulemin, Hamonic), 18:59 (en). Penalties—Leddy, NYI (interference), 11:08. Shots on Goal—N.Y. Islanders 14-7-11—32. N.Y. Rangers 9-11-6—26. Power-play opportunities—N.Y. Islanders 1 of 3; N.Y. Rangers 1 of 3. Goalies—N.Y. Islanders, Halak 17-13-4 (26 shots-22 saves). N.Y. Rangers, Raanta 7-5-2 (31-26).
First Period—1, Pittsburgh, Malkin 26 (Crosby, Letang), 9:14 (pp). 2, Pittsburgh, Cullen 10, 9:52. Penalties—Kessel, Pit (roughing), 1:20; Farnham, NJ (roughing), 1:20; Sestito, Pit (roughing), 7:49; Tootoo, NJ, served by Blandisi (instigator, roughing), 7:49.
Second Period—3, Pittsburgh, Bonino 4 (Rust, Kuhnhackl), 1:37. 4, New Jersey, Palmieri 25 (Boucher), 7:52. 5, Pittsburgh, Malkin 27 (Kessel), 15:23. Penalties—Malkin, Pit (high-sticking), 11:25; Maatta, Pit (high-sticking), 12:04.
Third Period—6, Pittsburgh, Rust 3 (Schultz, Bonino), 6:49. 7, Pittsburgh, Wilson 5 (Crosby, Rust), 16:05. Penalties—Blandisi, NJ (hooking), :58; Ruutu, NJ (tripping), 4:05; Daley, Pit (holding stick), 11:00; Merrill, NJ (tripping), 14:00. Shots on Goal—Pittsburgh 9-8-13—30. New Jersey 5-10-3—18. Power-play opportunities—Pittsburgh 1 of 4; New Jersey 0 of 3. Goalies—Pittsburgh, Murray 3-2-1 (18 shots-17 saves). New Jersey, Kinkaid 5-6-1 (30-24).