Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin each scored a power-play goal in the first period to give the Pittsburgh Penguins a lead they would not relinquish in a 4-1 win against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena on Saturday night.
Malkin was helped off the ice in the third period after he crashed into the end boards behind the Pittsburgh goal. He did not return, and there was no immediate word on his condition.
Crosby tied the game at 1-1 when he followed his own shot and banged in a rebound to the left of Detroit goalie Jonas Gustavsson at 10:52. The puck came to Crosby after Red Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson jarred it loose from a scramble in the goalmouth.
Malkin put the Penguins ahead to stay less than two minutes later. Jussi Jokinen's centering pass bounced off Red Wings defenseman Brian Lashoff's stick right to Malkin, who put a wrister into the net from between the hash marks at 12:50. The goal was the 600th career point for Malkin, who assisted on Crosby's first-period goal.
Detroit defenseman Niklas Kronwall gave the Red Wings a 1-0 lead at 6:09 of the first period when his wrister from the point deflected off Crosby's stick before bouncing through goalie Jeff Zatkoff's five-hole.
Red Wings left wing Justin Abdelkader was injured late in the first period on a hit by Pittsburgh defenseman Deryk Engelland at center ice. He did not return after being helped from the ice with 29.3 seconds left in the opening period.
Detroit failed to convert on the ensuing five-minute power play after Engelland was assessed a match penalty. Zatkoff stopped Tomas Tatar on a point-blank snap shot with 21 seconds left on the penalty kill, Detroit's best chance on the man advantage.
Zatkoff, a Detroit native, finished with 28 saves.
Malkin added his 601st career point with an assist on defenseman Olli Maatta's goal at 19:13 of the second period. Maata's second goal of the season, which went in off Detroit forward Drew Miller's skate after Gustavsson made the initial stop, gave Pittsburgh a 3-1 lead.
Gustavsson made 21 saves for Detroit, which is 0-1-2 its past three games.
Pittsburgh went ahead 4-1 when Crosby scored his team-leading 18th goal with 5:27 left in the third period. He leads the NHL with 46 points.
Pittsburgh defenseman Kris Letang was a late scratch. He played 23:28 in a 3-2 win against the New Jersey Devils on Friday night and participated in the team's pregame skate before being pulled from the lineup with what Penguins coach Dan Bylsma called an upper-body injury after the game.
Malkin was injured when he fell to the ice and slid into the end boards feet first when defending on a shorthanded chance by Detroit forward Luke Glendening. He was not putting any weight on his left leg as he was helped off the ice with 17:41 remaining in the third period.
The Penguins have won eight of their past nine games.