Sidney Crosby has a historic night on Thursday, unfortunately it came at the hands of the Winnipeg Jets, who were on the first game of a 4-game eastern conference road trip.
Pittsburgh struck first, and they struck quickly. Evgeni Malkin got the Penguins on the board early, hammering home a loose puck to take the lead less than a minute into the 1st period.
Later in the period, Sidney Crosby battled for a loose puck and set up a Chris Kunitz’s one-timer to earn his 1,000th career point, giving the Penguins a 2-0 lead.
The Jets scorers finally got the puck in the back of the net 17 minutes into the 2nd period when Mathieu Perreault sent a cross-ice feed to Patrik Laine, who tucked home a quick wrist shot to bring the Jets within a goal. Laine now has 27 goals in his rookie campaign.
Winnipeg used that momentum in the 3rd period quickly, with two defenders finding twine.
Paul Postma one-timed a rebound from the point through traffic and into the top corner for his first goal of the year, tying the game at 2… moments later Dustin Byfuglien flew around a defender and behind the net before slipping a wraparound five-hole to give the Jets their first lead of the game.
A brawl ensued when Jets captain Blake Wheeler took a shoulder of Evgeni Malkin near the head. Wheeler briefly left the game but returned late in the 3rd period.
Before the period came to a close, Phil Kessel set up in the circle and wired a laser into the far corner on the power play to pull the Penguins even in the 3rd period. Crosby assisted on the goal, to give him 1001 on his career.
It was a thrilling overtime, which saw fantastic chances at both ends of the ice, and who else but Sidney Crosby finished it off, crashes the net with time running down in overtime and tapped in the loose puck to give the Penguins a 4-3 win over the Jets. And point number 1002 on his career.
Winnipeg fired off a whopping 47 shots Thursday night, Marc-Andre Flurey received 2nd star honors thanks to his performance.
Jets will take Friday off before returning to the ice in Montreal on Saturday afternoon to take on the Canadiens. Newly appointed head coach Claude Julien will be making his much anticipated 2nd debut with the club that night.