Losing the reigning Hart Trophy winner for an extended period of time is never ideal, but the Pittsburgh Penguins seem equipped with enough weapons to make the absence of Evgeni Malkin relatively painless.
The Boston Bruins are ready to test that theory.
Pittsburgh looks to win a sixth straight game Tuesday night by earning a fourth consecutive victory over visiting Boston, which has earned at least a point in 11 of its 12 road games.
Malkin suffered an undisclosed upper-body injury in Saturday's 5-4 overtime win over Toronto, and he's expected to miss at least a week.
The Penguins (18-8-0) didn't miss him the following night, when Chris Kunitz registered his second hat trick this season while adding a pair of assists in a 6-1 win over the New York Islanders.
Sidney Crosby, who leads the NHL with 45 points, had five assists to give him a league-best 33.
''I get to play with the best player in the world every night,'' Kunitz said of Crosby, who centers their line that also incl...