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Crosby Gets 900th Assist, 6th Fastest EVER; Ties Game in 3rd Period



Sidney Crosby

It should come as no surprise to any hockey fans that Sidney Crosby again achieved a milestone in a timeframe that puts him with the game’s greatest. Saturday night against the Seattle Kraken, Crosby notched his 900th assist. Though it took a little time, as Crosby had an uncharacteristic zero assists in his last six games.

Crosby’s 900th assist was a pass to Jake Guentzel for a pressure-relieving tying goal midway through the third period. The Penguins trailed the Seattle Kraken 2-1 until Guentzel’s (6) pass for Bryan Rust was deflected into the net.

Crosby became the sixth fastest in NHL history to achieve the mark,  getting there in 1120 games. Crosby surpassed LA Kings great Marcel Dionne, who did it in 1124 games.

In a nod to the Hall of Fame talent which preceded Sidney Crosby in Pittsburgh, he is not the fastest Pittsburgh Penguins player to get there. Mario Lemieux did it in only 771 games. Paul Coffey and Ron Francis (not exclusively with the Penguins) did it in 991 and 1108 games, respectively.

In his 18-year career, Crosby has 1422 points (and counting), including 900 assists and 522 goals. He notched his 500th career goal on Feb. 15, 2022.

Crosby has the eighth most assists with one team. Joe Sakic is seventh with 1016 assists with the Quebec Nordiques/Colorado Avalanche.

Other Penguins players who registered more than 900  assists. (Career total assists in parenthesis)

Ron Francis (1249)

Jaromir Jagr (1155)

Paul Coffey (1135)

Mario Lemieux (1033)

Mark Recchi (956)

Larry Murphy (929)

Bryan Trottier (901)

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Stephen Powanda
Stephen Powanda
1 month ago

How about those Pens old Slow Soft