(Reuters)- The Pittsburgh Penguins received a welcome return from Evgeni Malkin and a shutout performance from goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury as they posted a 3-0 victory over the New York Islanders on Tuesday.
Malkin, who missed much of the second half of last season with injury, had been out five games with a knee injury. He took three shots and his return provided some needed depth for a team already battling injuries.
Captain Sidney Crosby is still sidelined while he recovers from concussions he received last season while defenseman Zbynek Michalek was recently ruled out for up to six weeks with a broken finger.
Fleury stopped 33 shots for his first shutout of the season and the Penguins (7-2-2) got a goal in each period from Pascal Dupuis, Richard Park and Jordan Staal as they extended their winning streak to four games.
"There were some pretty good ones (saves), but that's just part of being a goalie," Fleury told reporters.
"It doesn't matter if they're simple or hard, you have to get out there and make the save to keep your team it the game.
"At other times they've saved my butt. That's how a team can be successful."
The Islanders (3-4-0), who outshot the Penguins but failed to put the puck past Fleury, slipped to their third successive loss.
"We had some really good chances and it's on a lot of us to put them away," said New York's John Tavares.
"Sometimes it takes an ugly one. We have to find a way to get one of those."
Evgeni Nabokov made 26 saves in the loss for the Islanders.
The two teams meet again on Thursday in Pittsburgh.
(Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by Greg Stutchbury)