PITTSBURGH — Sidney Crosby scored the tiebreaking goal late in the third period to lead the Penguins to a 4-2 victory over the Islanders on Thursday night.
Patric Hornqvist, Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel also scored — each getting his third of the season — to help the defending champion Penguins win for the third time in four games and improve to 5-0-1 at home.
"Obviously we'd like to play a more complete game, but we get it done," Kessel said. "We are confident in each other. We believe in each other."
Crosby, playing for the second straight game after missing the first six with a concussion, scored with 2:25 left as he caught a pass from Scott Wilson at the top of the crease and quickly turned to his forehand to put the puck behind Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak.
Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 35 shots while starting for the eighth straight game. Fleury won for the 19th time in his last 24 home starts and has given up two or fewer goals in five of the first six home games.
Travis Hamonic and Shane Prince scored for the Islanders, who fell to 0-3-0 on the road. Halak finished with 31 saves.
Game highlights: Devan Dubnyk made 38 saves for his second straight shutout and the Wild beat the host Sabres 4-0. Ryan Suter had a goal and an assist for Minnesota. … Martin Hanzal and Brad Richardson scored the decisive goals to help the Coyotes beat the Flyers 5-4 to snap a five-game road losing streak. The Coyotes have their only two wins this season against the Flyers. They salvaged one victory on a season-long, six-game trip. … Mitch Marner had three assists and goaltender Frederik Andersen bounced back from Tuesday's horrid outing against the Lightning as the host Maple Leafs won for the second time this season, topping the Panthers 3-2. Andersen, who gave up a career-worst seven goals in a 7-3 loss Tuesday, stopped 29 of 31 shots. Former Lightning forward Jonathan Marchessault had both goals for the Panthers. Roberto Luongo made 25 saves.