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:
NHL Public Relations @PR_NHL
Via @EliasSports, only 10 players in NHL history have reached 900 PTS in fewer games played than Crosby (@penguins) https://t.co/CVXnBoPjjr2016-2-7 03:43:38
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.