PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) – Sidney Crosby is the newest member of the NHL’s 1,000-point club.
The Pittsburgh Penguins star became the 86th player in league history to reach 1,000 career points when he assisted on Chris Kunitz’s goal 6:28 into the first period on Thursday night against Winnipeg.
Crosby’s helper gave him 632 assists to go with 368 goals. Crosby reached the milestone in 757 games, making him the 12th fastest to the mark.
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“It’s pretty emotional,” said Crosby after the game. “You start to look up at the Jumbotron, you see all these things and they go by pretty quick. You kind of flash on all these plays and years and that’s how fast it feels when you look at that. So, I think it’s just time goes by quick and you really try to soak in moments like that.”
The sellout crowd at PPG Paints Arena erupted when Kunitz pounded a feed from Crosby into the wide open net to give Pittsburgh a 2-0 lead. Crosby saluted the crowd during the next stoppage in play.
Crosby wasn’t done and quickly got to work on the next 1,000 points. In the third period, he helped set up Phil Kessel’s game-tying goal, which forced overtime. In the extra session, Crosby outworked his man to bury a pass from Evgeni Malkin to cap a great night for himself and the Penguins.
Meanwhile, Malkin took a humorous approach to congratulate Crosby on reaching the 1,000 point milestone.
“Hey Sid, I want to say congrats on your 1,000 points. It is a huge number. We both know that 999 [of those] points is because of my help. I have enjoyed playing with you. Every game, every night is so fun. Everyone knows that you are the best player,” Malkin said.
KDKA’s David Highfield has more from fans:
Crosby is the third Penguin to reach 1,000 points with the franchise, joining Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr.
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