Crosby hits 100-point mark in Pens' final home game
Crosby also tied Mario Lemieux's 1984-85 team record for most points in a season by a rookie and joined Hall of Fame forward Dale Hawerchuk as the only 18-year-olds in league history to get 100 points in a season.
Crosby, honored earlier in the night as the Penguins' most valuable player, came into the game against the New York Islanders needing three points for 100. He got the first point 1:04 into the game, executing a 2-on-1 break with Andy Hilbert to set up Hilbert's 12th goal.
Crosby got his 99th point at 15:19 of the second, passing to Colby Armstrong along the right wing boards, then cutting to the net, taking the return pass and feeding it ahead to Tomas Surovy for Surovy's 12th goal.
After the Islanders' Jason Blake drew a 5-minute charging penalty, Crosby grabbed the puck off John LeClair's faceoff win and passed it up ice to Ryan Malone, who beat goalie Garth Snow for his 21st goal and second of the game. The assist was Crosby's 62nd of the season.
|*Gretzky was a second-year pro in the Oilers' first NHL season. He scored 110 points as a WHA rookie in 1978-79.|
Play was stopped for nearly five minutes after Malone scored as the noisy, standing-room crowd of 17,084 showered the ice with hats and T-shirts given away to support the Penguins' efforts to get a new arena. Several fans held up signs reading "Crosby 100" and teammates crowded to congratulate Crosby as he returned to the bench.
Crosby, the No. 1 pick in last summer's NHL draft, is 100 days younger than Hawerchuk was when he scored 103 points for the Winnipeg Jets in 1981-82. Crosby also becomes the seventh rookie to reach the 100-point mark, joining Teemu Selanne, Hawerchuk, Lemieux, Joe Juneau, Peter Stastny and Washington's Alexander Ovechkin, who reached the mark last week.
Crosby has one game remaining, Tuesday night in Toronto.
Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press