Penguins' Sidney Crosby joins NHL's 1,000-point club, then nets OT winner

Penguins' Sidney Crosby joins NHL's 1,000-point club, then nets OT winner

The Penguins captain required the fewest games among active players to reach 1,000 career points.

Sidney Crosby has another remarkable feat to add to his growing list of prestigious career accomplishments.

The Penguins captain assisted on Chris Kunitz's first-period goal in Thursday's 4-3 overtime win over the Jets to become the 86th player in NHL history to reach 1,000 career points.

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He didn't stop there.

In the third period, Crosby assisted on Phil Kessel's power-play goal that tied things up 3-all. And he scored the game winner with 22 seconds remaining in overtime courtesy of a super-human pass from Evgeni Malkin to put the icing on Crosby's three-point night.

Crosby, who entered his 757th game with 999 career points, required the fewest games among active players to reach 1,000 points. Former Penguins winger Jaromir Jagr had previously gotten there the fastest among active players at 763 games. Crosby is the third player in Penguins history with 1,00 points, joining Jagr and Mario Lemieux.

There's no doubt Crosby would have reached the milestone even sooner had it not been for the injuries he's endured throughout his 13-year career, most notably concussions that sidelined him 113 games from 2010-11 to 2012-13.

The only other player to reach 1,000 career points after debuting in the wake of the 2004-05 lockout is Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin. The Russian winger became the 84th player to hit 1,000 points with a goal 35 seconds into the team's win over the Penguins on Jan. 12. Canucks captain Henrik Sedin became the 85th player to hit 1,000 points shortly after on Jan. 21.

Crosby, a two-time Art Ross Trophy and two-time Hart Trophy winner, trails only Oilers sensation Connor McDavid in the NHL scoring race. He now boasts 64 points in 50 games this season (31 goals, 33 assists) compared to McDavid's 66 in 58 (19 goals, 47 assists).

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