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Sidney Crosby Becomes 10th-Fastest Player to 900 Points with Assist vs. Panthers

Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) celebrates with teammates after scoring against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
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Danny WebsterAnalyst IIIFebruary 7, 2016

Pittsburgh Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby joined the 900 club Saturday.

Crosby recorded his 900th point against the Florida Panthers, becoming the 10th-fastest NHL player to reach the milestone, per Eric Engels of Sportsnet.ca.

Crosby's 900th point came with five minutes, four seconds remaining in the third period. He fired a cross-ice pass to Kris Letang, who scored to put the Penguins on the board. The fun didn't stop there. Less than four minutes later, Crosby tied the game at 2-2 with his 22nd goal of the year.

Crosby later notched his second assist of the night on Letang's game-winning goal in overtime to give Pittsburgh a 3-2 win over the first-place Panthers.

NHL Public Relations provided a list of the nine players who got to 900 points quicker than Crosby, and Wayne Gretzky is up there:

The 28-year-old Crosby moved up to 105th on the NHL's all-time points list in his 11th year in the league. He's nearing the top 100 and needs only 21 points to tie Neal Broten to reach that plateau, though he has yet to reach a third of the points Gretzky accumulated throughout his career. 

Nevertheless, Crosby is one of the best players of his generation. Since recovering from the concussion problems he first suffered five years ago, Crosby has scored 237 points in two-and-a-half seasons.

One can only imagine where he would be if he had not suffered those injuries, but he's playing at an All-Star level again, which is a good sign.

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