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Pens Points: 1KROSBY

Sidney Crosby records his 1,000th career point on assist to Chris Kunitz. This is an appreciation post.

NHL: Winnipeg Jets at Pittsburgh Penguins Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

At 6:28 of the first period on Thursday night against the Winnipeg Jets, Sidney Crosby set up a Chris Kunitz goal to record his 1,000th career point in the NHL. Crosby became the 86th players in history to reach the 1,000 point mark in league history. [Pensburgh]

As an added bonus the Penguins put the cherry on top of a historic night with a big overtime win. Trailing 3-2 in the third period, Phil Kessel tied it at 3-3 with a top shelf wrister on the power play. Regulation ended with the teams knotted at three and in a chaotic overtime it was Crosby who put an exclamation point on his banner night with the overtime winner to end the game and give the Pens a 4-3 victory. [Pensburgh]

Crosby had been hanging around the 1,000 point mark for the past few weeks. Finally reaching the mark will let him rest a little easier at night. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

The road to 1,000 was filled with its ups and down for Crosby and to get there he hit a lot of milestones along the way. [Trib Live]

A majority of Crosby’s points came from assists but that doesn’t mean he couldn’t fill the net himself. [Penguins]

Scoring 1,000 points is not an achievement you reach by yourself. It takes a lot of help from the people around you and Sid has had plenty of talent to work with over the years. [Penguins]

Thanks to the greatness of Crosby, the Pens have been able to shrug off the wave of injury setbacks the team has suffered this season. [Trib Live]

Everyone knows (though they may not admit it) Sidney Crosby is the best player in the NHL. What player in the other professional sports leagues ranks with Sid as best in their respective sports? [VICE]

In non-Crosby news, rumors are circling that the Calgary Flames are showing interest in Pens goalie Marc-Andre Fleury. [Sportsnet]

Not much time for celebration, the Pens are back at tonight for the back end of back-to-back games. Tonight’s opponent are the division rival Blue Jackets who the Pens are currently locked in a dead heat with for second place in the Metro division. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 PM and will be broadcast on ROOT Sports.

News and notes from around the NHL...

Alex Ovechkin and Connor McDavid joined a laundry list of great players that congratulated Crosby on reaching the 1,000 points milestone. You can read their reactions in a special e-book released by the team. [Sportsnet]