Sidney Crosby joins Alex Ovechkin in 1,000-point club


PITTSBURGH -- 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.

Crosby's 1,000th point comes 36 days after rival Alexander Ovechkin registered his 1,000th point, doing so on Jan. 11 against Crosby and the Penguins. It took Ovechkin 880 games to reach 1,000 points.


CSN's Troy Machir contributed to this story.