He's arguably one of the most polarizing players to set foot on a rink in the National Hockey League (NHL) but love him or hate him, Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby added another milestone to his already decorated career.
Tuesday night the Penguins captain tallied his 500th career goal for the Black and Yellow, becoming just the second player in team history to achieve that milestone. The Pittsburgh captain broke a 1-1 tie in the first period as he collected a pass from Evgeni Malkin that generated the scoring opportunity along the boards. Crosby slotted home the scoring chance from an acute angle and gave his team a 2-1 lead.
It was fitting that Malkin helped Crosby achieve the career achievement, the two players have been synonymous with success in the Steel City, bringing home three Stanley Cups during their time in Western Pennsylvania. It may have been only Crosby's 14th goal of the campaign but it was a big occasion as he joined team owner Mario Lemieux as the only two players to capture the milestone.
The Penguins shared this tweet on social media following the goal with Lemieux congratulating the Pittsburgh captain.
Crosby has provided so many memories for so many over the years. Love him or hate him, one thing is for sure, the man can score goals and like a fine wine, he's getting better with age. While his goal wasn't a game-winner, it helped lift the Penguins to a 5-4 overtime victory and their eighth straight victory in an insanely competitive Metropolitan Division.
Pittsburgh returns to action against the Maple Leafs on Thursday, February 17.