Evgeni Malkin put on a show for Hall of Fame goalie Vladislav Tretiak.

With Tretiak, the former Soviet goalie now serving as Russia's Olympic hockey general manager, looking on last night, Malkin had his fourth career hat trick to help the Pittsburgh Penguins beat visiting Ottawa, 8-2.

"[Tretiak's] a good guy and of course a good goalie," Malkin said. "Maybe he can come the next game; it's good luck for me."

Bill Guerin and Chris Kunitz tied a club record with four points apiece during Pittsburgh's five-goal second period, when Ruslan Fedotenko also scored.

Sergei Gonchar added a goal and two assists, and Sidney Crosby three assists for the Penguins, who tied a season high for goals and matched New Jersey with 53 points to head into the holiday break tied atop the NHL standings.

"In a game like this a couple guys will have big nights and that's good to see," said Guerin, who had his first four-point game in almost 3 years.

The game couldn't have gone worse for the Senators, who are expected to be without captain Daniel Alfredsson for a few weeks after he left the game late in the first period with a left shoulder injury.

Malkin had only two goals in his previous 10 games and was held off the scoresheet in each of his past two but had his first multiple-goal regular-season game since March 17. He scored once in each period, the first and last off setups by Crosby.

In other games:

* At Washington, Nicklas Backstrom had two goals, Alex Ovechkin added a goal and two assists and the Capitals beat the Buffalo Sabres, 5-2, in a battle of division leaders. Mike Green had a goal and an assist, and Brendan Morrison also scored for the Southeast-leading Capitals, who have won nine of 12 games. Paul Gaustad and Tim Connolly scored for the Northeast-leading Sabres.

* At Uniondale, N.Y., Trent Hunter and John Tavares scored 90 seconds apart in the second period in the New York Islanders' 3-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Blake Comeau was awarded a goal with 34.9 seconds left after being taken down on a breakaway with an empty net.

* At New York, Vinny Prospal broke out of a 14-game scoring drought with a pair of goals, and the Rangers stretched their winning streak to four games with a 4-1 victory over the Florida Panthers.

* At Boston, Marc Savard, Daniel Paille and Vladimir Sobotka scored during a 1:08 span of the first period, Savard added two assists and the Bruins held on for a 6-4 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers.

* At Detroit, Antti Niemi made 33 saves for his fourth shutout of the season and his career, and Patrick Kane had a goal and an assist to lift the Chicago Blackhawks to a 3-0 win over the Red Wings. Chicago also shut out Detroit, 3-0, on Sunday night.

* At Raleigh, N.C., Glen Metropolit scored two power-play goals and the Montreal Canadiens routed the Carolina Hurricanes, 5-1, for their third straight victory. Jaroslav Halak made 46 saves for the Canadiens.

* At St. Paul, Minn., Nicklas Backstrom continued his mastery of the Edmonton Oilers, stopping 30 shots in the Minnesota Wild's 3-1 victory. Backstrom improved to 14-1 in his career against Edmonton.

* At Dallas, James Neal scored twice, Alex Auld made 33 saves, and the Stars beat the Columbus Blue Jackets, 3-1.

* At Phoenix, Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 21 shots as the Coyotes dumped the Anaheim Ducks, 4-0.

* At Calgary, Brad Boyes and T.J. Oshie beat Miikka Kiprusoff in a shootout to give the St. Louis Blues their third straight victory in Western Canada, 2-1 over the Flames. Chris Mason made 23 saves in regulation and overtime, then stopped Calgary's Nigel Dawes and Olli Jokinen in the shootout.