PITTSBURGH — It was, in many ways, Sidney Crosby's remarkable career distilled to its essence. Game on the line. A wide-open net. A race to the puck. These are the moments the Penguins star embraces as well as anyone in his sport.
Of course he beat the Jets' Mark Scheifele to the crease. Of course he poked the puck over the goal line with 21 seconds left in overtime to give the Penguins a 4-3 victory Thursday night. Of course he provided the exclamation point on the night he became the 86th player in league history to reach 1,000 career points.
"It's nice to win the game when you have a memorable night like this," Crosby said. "You want to finish it the right way."
The two-time MVP and Stanley Cup winner, 29, reached 1,000 points in 757 games. Only 11 players got there faster. None of them are playing anymore.
Crosby got to 1,000 with an assist on Chris Kunitz's first-period goal. He finished with a goal and two assists to give him 1,002 in his career and 64 on the season.
Game highlights: Vladimir Tarasenko and Alexander Steen scored third-period power-play goals and the host Blues won their sixth straight game, 4-3 over the Canucks. St. Louis improved to 7-1 since Mike Yeo took over as coach from fired Ken Hitchcock; he is off to the best start for a coach in Blues history. … Mike Condon made 21 saves in recording his fifth shutout of the season and the Senators beat the host Devils 3-0 to move within four points of the first-place Canadiens in the Atlantic Division.
Ten-game ban for slashing official: Ducks forward Antoine Vermette was suspended for 10 games without pay for slashing a linesman in apparent anger after a faceoff against the Wild on Tuesday. Vermette will appeal, his agent said. Vermette slapped his stick against the back of linesman Shandor Alphonso's legs after losing a faceoff. The NHL issued the automatic 10-game suspension under league rules for applying physical force to an official without intent to injure. Vermette, who will lose $97,222.22 in salary, had never previously been fined or suspended during his 13 seasons. The appeal will be heard by commissioner Gary Bettman.
Another Jagr milestone: Jaromir Jagr, second on the career points list behind Wayne Gretzky, had an assist in to hit 1,900 in the Panthers' 6-5 overtime win over the host Sharks late Wednesday. And he did it on his 45th birthday. Asked about becoming the second player to hit 1,900 (Gretzky has 2,857 points), Jagr said, "I don't really worry about it."