Superstar forward Sidney Crosby says it was a special night as he reached 500 goals for the Pittsburgh Penguins in a 5-4 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday.
The Penguins, 11/1 to win the Stanley Cup in 2021/22, have enjoyed the 500 goals from their Captain in 1,077 regular season games over 17 seasons. He has also amassed 871 assists for a total of 1,371 points.
34-year-old Crosby became the 46th NHL player in history to reach the milestone, with fellow franchise centre Evgeni Malkin earning the only assist on the play.
Crosby and 35-year-old Malkin have spent their entire NHL careers together winning the Stanley Cup three times (2009, 2016, 2017).
14 of Crosby's goals have come this season, also adding 32 assists for 46 points in 38 games. He is the second player to score 500 for Pittsburgh, joining Mario Lemieux (690).
In post-season play, Crosby has 191 points (69 goals, 122 assists) in 174 appearances. He was twice named the Conn Smythe Trophy winner as the playoffs most valuable players in 2016 and 2017, plus a host of other individual awards.
The Penguins lead the Metropolitan Division with a 31-11-8 record and rank third in the entire NHL.
Crosby said to the media about the historic goal: "I think everything that kind of went into it, and then obviously to get the win, that changes the whole dynamic a little bit when you're able to get it at the end.
"So, I think all those things combined just made it for a special night."