Another one for the record books, Sidney Crosby scored his 400th career goal today in an afternoon game against the St. Louis Blues. Right after STL scored to make it 1-0, Crosby was able to beat Jake Allen by stepping out from the corner with the puck and sneaking a shot on a tight angle past the goalie and using a little second effort follow-up to make sure the puck popped into the net. That’s #18 on the season and #400 in an illustrious career.
It was a bit of a wait for Sid who scored 399 back on January 14th against the Rangers. He scored in the All-Star Game (doesn’t count) and had another goal disallowed on 2/3 against the Devils for interference on another Penguin player. In the 10 games since his last goal Crosby has notched 13 assists to contribute in that way.
Wanna see just how rare Crosby’s career is? He becomes just the 25th player in league history to score 400 goals with 650 assists and maintain at least a point/game average. Former Penguins Mario Lemieux, Jaromir Jagr, Ron Francis and Bryan Trottier are all on the list, as are a handful of other of the greatest of all time like Gretzky, Howe, Yzerman, Sakic and Messier. (Evgeni Malkin is on pace to be the 26th player to join this club, though at 358g+537a he’s at least a season away).
And how impressive is that club? 21 of the 23 eligible members are in the Hall of Fame already, with Jagr a shoe-in to be the 22nd. One day too, Crosby will join them. For now, this is one to enjoy as he gets to work on the next milestone, being on pace to record his 700th career assist sometime later this season (688), as well as 1,100th points (1,088 currently with goal 400).