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Sidney Crosby hits 1,000 points!

Sidney Crosby hits the 1,000 point plateau on Thursday night at home against the Jets. The Penguins star forward is the quickest active player to 1,000!

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Another game, another milestone for Sidney Crosby. The Penguins star center scored at home against the Winnipeg Jets Thursday night, which on the surface doesn't mean much but it takes him to the 1,000 point plateau.

Crosby's once again peerless among his contemporaries, becoming the fastest active player to 1,000. Here's a list of the quickest to 1k for active players and how long it took them:

Player Games
Crosby 757
Jaromir Jagr 763
Alex Ovechkin 880
Joe Thornton 994
Marian Hossa 1100
Jarome Iginla 1103
Henrik Sedin 1213
Patrick Marleau 1349

As usual with Crosby, you have to put him among the all-time greats to get a sense of his accomplishment.

Player Games
Wayne Gretzky 424
Mario Lemieux 513
Mike Bossy 656
Peter Stastny 682
Jari Kurri 716
Guy Lafleur 720
Brian Trottier 726
Denis Savard 727
Steve Yzerman 737
Marcel Dionne 740
Phil Esposito 745
Crosby 757
Jagr 763

Ahh, the age of Gretzky, huh? If only to play against goalies so small and gameplay so wide-open, but we digress.

Jagr's 1,000 point came as a Penguin as well and happened 12/30/2000, the second game of Lemieux's comeback from retirement. In addition to Crosby, Lemieux and Jagr three other players have hit the 1,000 mark in a Pittsburgh jersey (Paul Coffey, Ron Francis and Joe Mullen).

The Penguins franchise ties Toronto and NYR with six players recording their 1,000 point. Only one franchise (Detroit - 7) boasts more, and Evgeni Malkin (816 points and counting after his 1st period goal tonight) is about 2.5 seasons away from becoming Pittsburgh's seventh.

Tonight was all about Sid though, who hits 1,000 before turning 30 years old despite missing so many games due to injury, he still puts his name into the history books.

Fittingly, point 999 came on a classic Crosby pass on Tuesday night, putting a puck on the stick of rookie Jake Guentzel with nothing but an empty net in front of him for a goal to give Pittsburgh a 2-0 lead in the third period.

Number 1000, tonight against the Jets was fittingly also a nice pass, to his old buddy Chris Kunitz. Crosby outbattles the 6'5 Blake Wheeler for a loose puck and passes it over for the goal.

Crosby now needs 723 more points to tie Mario Lemieux for #1 all-time in Penguins franchise history. Can he do it? Stay tuned...

UPDATE: Nice video from the Pens for the occasion: