Malkin centered a line with Conor Sheary and Bryan Rust, who returned from a lower-body injury. Malkin was not credited with a shot on goal in 18:47 of ice time, but he did have an assist in the Penguins 4-2 loss.
The Penguins were still without goalie Marc-Andre Fleury who missed the last two weeks of the regular season and Pittsburgh's series opening win due to a concussion. Jeff Zatkoff was again between the pipes for the Penguins, allowing four goals on 28 shots.
He opposed Henrik Lundqvist who was cleared to return to action for Game 2 after missing the final two periods of Game 1 when he was poked in the right eye by Rangers defenseman Marc Staal. Lundqvist made 29 saves.
Lundqvist met with a specialist Thursday and practiced Friday, and there were no residual effects from the incident.
Information from ESPN's Scott Burnside was used in this report.