UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- One half of the Pittsburgh Penguins' superstar tandem was back on the ice Tuesday night.
Evgeni Malkin, who missed five straight games and seven of the last eight due to soreness in his surgically repaired right knee, received 19:19 of ice time and recorded three shots on goal in the Pens' 3-0 win against the New York Islanders at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
Malkin participated in the morning skate and felt fine afterwards. It was determined just before the game that he'd be in the lineup for the first time since Oct. 13, when he notched a pair of assists in Pittsburgh's 3-2 overtime loss to the Washington Capitals.
"It feels good," Malkin said after being held without a point for the first time in four appearances this season. "My knee feels pretty good right now. The team played solid. We had lots of scoring chances. Maybe next game, I try to score. But we win and it's two points and that's good for the team."