The NHL named its three stars from last week Monday, and there was nary a mention of Evgeni Malkin.

That was completely understandable, given that he missed two of the Penguins' four games because of an unspecified injury.

Even so, after being cited as the league's No. 1 star in each of the previous two weeks, Malkin seemed to take the oversight personally.

Enough, at least, to conjure a terrific effort on their first goal in what became a 2-1 victory Monday night against Columbus at Consol Energy Center.

The victory was the Penguins' sixth in a row at home, their longest such streak of the season, and raised their record to 21-10-1.

They have won their past four games against the Blue Jackets -- their best run against Columbus -- and lead second-place Washington by nine points in the Metropolitan Division.

Matt Calvert of Columbus spoiled goalie Marc-Andre Fleury's bid for his fourth shutout this season when he scored from the front lip of the crease with 56.5 seconds left in regulation.

Calvert got the goal seconds after Fleury had come within inches of scoring one, as a puck he launched toward the Blue Jackets net, which goalie Curtis McElhinney had vacated in favor of an extra attacker, skidded just wide of the left post.

"I was hoping it would curve [into the net] at the end, but it didn't happen," Fleury said. "One day. One day, it's going to go.

"It was a slap in the face [to give up Calvert's goal after missing the empty net], you know? I'm disappointed to not get the goal and then right away, they score.

"The main thing, though, is that we got the win, got the two points. That's what matters."

Calvert's goal prevented the one Malkin scored at 4:16 of the second period from being the winner, but didn't detract from the quality of Malkin's effort.

Malkin took a cross-ice feed from Jussi Jokinen in the neutral zone and carried the puck down the right side. After getting around Columbus defenseman Fedor Tyutin, he went hard to the net before flipping a forehand shot past McElhinney.