PITTSBURGH (AP) – Evgeni Malkin scored three goals for the second time in 11 games, and Ty Conklin stopped 43 shots to remain unbeaten in regulation as the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the New York Rangers 4-1.

Sidney Crosby had two assists and Sergei Gonchar also scored for the Penguins, who are 9-0-1 in their last 10 and have won six in a row at home.

Jaromir Jagr scored his 13th goal for New York, which has lost six of seven and four in a row on the road.

Malkin, whose first NHL hat trick was on Jan. 3 against Toronto also at home, scored just 3:31 in. The Rangers inexplicably didn’t cover him after he collected the puck in the right-wing corner and skated untouched toward the net before flipping a wrist shot over the stick side of Henrik Lundqvist.

Crosby assisted on that goal to give him a league-high 42. The two connected again 3 minutes later to make it 2-0. A perfect head-man pass from defenseman Rob Scuderi sprung Crosby into the offensive zone, where he split two defensemen and got a shot on net. Malkin was there to tap in the rebound for his 22nd goal.

Pittsburgh made it 3-0 with a goal while on a two-man advantage with 3:12 left in the opening period.

Already killing a penalty, New York’s Michal Rozsival was assessed an elbowing minor when he blatantly hit Kris Letang in the face after a whistle in front of the net.

It took only 11 seconds for Gonchar to blast a slap shot from the point past Lundqvist.

Malkin had a few chances for the hat trick before scoring into an empty net with 24 seconds remaining.

Until Monday, Pittsburgh’s streak had come entirely against non-division opponents.

The Penguins entered only 4-10-1 against the Atlantic Division – 1-2-1 vs. New York – but 21-6-2 against everyone else. They had won only two of their past 11 in the division.

Jagr, a former Penguin, broke up Conklin’s bid for his third shutout in only 11 starts this season when he scored while on the power play. Jagr took a pass from Scott Gomez behind the net, attempted a wraparound, picked up his own rebound and scored.

That was the Rangers’ 40th shot of the game – the third consecutive time they have had 40 or more.

Among the best of Conklin’s 39 stops to that point included stoning Greg Moore in the slot during the first period, denying a slap shot by Gomez early in the second and saving a shot by Chris Drury while on the power play midway through the third.

Notes: The Penguins improved to 6-0-2 in their past eight against the Rangers at Mellon Arena. … Malkin has a six-game point streak that started with his hat trick against Toronto. … During their past six home games, the Penguins have allowed only eight goals.

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