Penguins' Sidney Crosby joins NHL's 1,000-point club
Sidney Crosby has another remarkable feat to add to his growing list of prestigious career accomplishments.
The 29-year-old Pittsburgh Penguins captain assisted on Chris Kunitz's first-period goal against the Winnipeg Jets to become the 86th player in NHL history to reach 1,000 career points on Thursday.
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 - a two-time Stanley Cup champion and six-time NHL All-Star - is the third player in Penguins history with 1,00 points, joining Jagr and Mario Lemieux.
There is no doubt Crosby would have reached the milestone even sooner had it not been for the injuries he has endured throughout his 13-year career, most notably concussions that sidelined him for 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 January 12.
Vancouver Canucks captain Henrik Sedin became the 85th player to record 1,000 points shortly after on January 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 62 points in 50 games this season (30 goals, 32 assists) compared to McDavid's 63 in 57 (18 goals, 45 assists).