Chris Kunitz scored three goals to lead the Penguins to a 6-1 victory against the New York Islanders at Consol Energy Center tonight.

It was his second hat trick of the season and fourth in the NHL.

The Penguins have won five consecutive games and are 18-8.

Kunitz, who also had two assists to finish with a career-best five points, was the dominant figure in the game, but hardly was the only Penguins player to have a productive evening.

Center Sidney Crosby piled up five assists, tying his career-high, and winger James Neal chipped in with a goal and two assists. Pascal Dupuis scored two goals and defenseman Kris Letang had a pair of assists.

The Penguins played without center Evgeni Malkin, who sustained an unspecified injury during their 5-4 shootout victory in Toronto Saturday. His injury was to be re-evaluated during the game, with an update planned afterward.

The Penguins also scratched defensemen Deryk Engelland and Robert Bortuzzo.

Malkin's place in the lineup was taken by Joe Vitale, a healthy scratch for the previous two games, while Dustin Jeffrey filled his spot between Beau Bennett and Neal on the No. 2 line.