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Crosby hits 100-point mark in Pens' final home game

PITTSBURGH -- Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins set
up two goals in a 25-second span Monday night to become the
youngest player in NHL history to score 100 points in a season.

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.

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.