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Crosby picks up 500th assist as Pens halt Isles’ streak

Sidney Crosby

ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS, OCT. 4-5 - FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2014, file photo, Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) skates against the Detroit Red Wings in the first period of a NHL preseason hockey game in Detroit. A changing of the guard appears to be in store for the NHL with new, young faces _ Steven Stamkos in Tampa Bay, Gabriel Landeskog in Colorado and don’t forget the Toews and Kane tandem in Chicago or Drew Doughty in L.A. _ already stepping into the limelight as the NHL prepares to open the 2014-15 season. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)


The Pittsburgh Penguins scored three unanswered goals to erase an early 1-0 Islanders lead and pick up a 3-1 victory Saturday night.

Evgeni Malkin tallied on the power play while Patric Hornqvist scored twice in the win.

With his assist on Hornqvist’s second of the night, Penguins captain Sidney Crosby reached the 500 assist mark for his career.

According to, Crosby became the sixth fastest player to reach 500 assists and joined Mario Lemieux (1,033) and Jaromir Jagr (640) as the only Penguins to have reached the milestone.

Thomas Hickey had the lone goal for the Islanders, who lost for the first time in five games.

Marc-Andre Fleury made 35 saves for the win. The Penguins have now won three of their first four games.

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