Crosby caps historic night in style with overtime winner vs. Jets
February 16, 2017 9:58 PM
Penguins center Sidney Crosby celebrates after getting his 1,000th career point Thursday in the first period against Winnipeg at PPG Paints Arena.
Penguins center Sidney Crosby displays the puck that turned into his 1,000th career point Thursday at PPG Paints Arena.
By Jason Mackey / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Sidney Crosby picked up his 1,000th NHL point and later helped the Penguins grab a dramatic win, 4-3 in overtime, against the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday at PPG Paints Arena.
The historic moment came when Crosby won a loose puck and dished to Chris Kunitz in the slot at 6:28 of the opening period.
The key moment came with 21.1 seconds left in overtime, when Evgeni Malkin drove the net and Crosby pushed the rebound past Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck for the walk-off winner.
Crosby became the sixth player to hit the 1,000-point mark in a Penguins sweater and the fourth to do it at home. He's the 86th player in the history of the NHL to reach 1,000.
After allowing a pair of third period goals in the first 8:24, the Penguins got a power play goal from Phil Kessel at 13:55 of the third before Crosby won it in dramatic fashion, helping the Penguins avoid the shootout.
“It’s nice to win the game,” Crosby said. “When you have a memorable night like this, you want it to finish the right way.”
The Penguins improved to 63-0 when leading after two periods since the start of last season, 51-0 under coach Mike Sullivan.
It nearly didn’t happen, as Nikolaj Ehlers took off on a breakaway in overtime after Kris Letang fell down, but Marc-Andre Fleury stood tall and made the save.
He made an even better one not long after, robbing Bryan Little on a two-on-one break for Winnipeg.
Fleury picked up his 15th win and was victorious for the second time in his past three starts.
Evgeni Malkin scored the Penguins' first, on a blast from the left circle 59 seconds into the game.
The win helped the Penguins (36-13-7) stretch their winning streak to 16 consecutive games over the Jets in the series, their best run of success against any NHL team, and it improved their home record to 24-3-3 for an NHL-high 51 points.
Topping the Jets helped the Penguins run their record to 10-2-2 over their last 14, but this one may have come at a cost.
Schultz appeared to injure his head or neck, Maatta his hand, although no specific information was immediately available. They did not return, forcing the Penguins to close the game with just four defensemen.
Rookie Patrik Laine benefitted from some nifty Jets passing for a goal late at 17:10 of the second period, his 27th of the season. In 10 games since returning from a concussion, Laine has six goals and 11 points.
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