Sidney Crosby joins NHL’s 1,000-point club

Crosby reached the milestone in 757 games, making him the 12th fastest to the mark.

Sidney Crosby, 1,000 points
Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby (87) is surrounded by teammates after Crosby assisted on a goal by Chris Kunitz, for the 1,000th point of his NHL career, during the first period of the team's hockey game against the Winnipeg Jets in Pittsburgh, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Sidney Crosby is the newest member of the NHL’s 1,000-point club.

The Pittsburgh Penguins star became the 86th player in league history to reach 1,000 career points when he assisted on Chris Kunitz’s goal 6:28 into the first period on Thursday night against Winnipeg.

Crosby’s helper gave him 632 assists to go with 368 goals. Crosby reached the milestone in 757 games, making him the 12th fastest to the mark.

The sellout crowd at PPG Paints Arena erupted when Kunitz pounded a feed from Crosby into the wide open net to give Pittsburgh a 2-0 lead. Crosby saluted the crowd during the next stoppage in play. Crosby is the third Penguin to reach 1,000 points with the franchise, joining Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr.

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