Sidney Crosby is on the verge of yet another amazing milestone, and he wants to accomplish it in front of a hometown crowd.
The Pittsburgh Penguins' captain is only three points away from 1,000 for his career, and he could reach that goal Tuesday night when thevisit PPG Paints Arena. However, if he does not manage the three points, the achievement is likely to happen away from home, as the Pens play their subsequent two games on the road.
"At home would be really nice, but hockey is the way it is," Crosby said Monday. "I'll try my best to get it (Tuesday) night. You want to win the game ultimately, but if you can get a few points at home and get it, that would be great."
If his 1,000th point comes Tuesday, it will be in Crosby's 753rd game, making him the 12th fastest player to reach the milestone in NHL history.
Crosby's list of accomplishments is already legendary as he has won two Stanley Cups, two Hart and two Art Ross trophies, one Conn Smythe Trophy and one Rocket Richard Trophy. Reaching 1,000 career points seems arbitrary at this point, but Crosby is still staying humble about yet another milestone.
"You want to get it over with because you're close. You don't want to stew over it for a few games," he said. "But I definitely appreciate it.
"I think you just kind of reflect a bit on all the teams you've been a part of, all the guys you've played with and how quickly it goes by."
The 29-year old would have definitely reached the mark last season had it not been for his well reported concussion symptoms. He was limited to 63 games combined in the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons, limiting his point totals.
"My mind didn't even venture to point totals or anything like that at that point," he said. "You just want to play the game, and you want to get back to the level that you can play at and feel healthy. As that comes back and you start to feel better, your goals change."
Crosby this season leads the Penguins with 59 points and leads the league with 30 goals, and could be on his way to another "Rocket" Richard Trophy.
"Creativity is one element to his game, but he has so many facets to his game," Penguins' coach Mike Sullivan said. "That's what separates him from other players, in my opinion.
"He can beat you so many different ways. He can play a power game. He can play a finesse game and a speed game and a creative game. He can beat you off the rush. He can beat you in the grind game underneath the hash marks. He's so versatile as a player offensively. That's what separates him."
Hopefully he can manage three points for the home crowd tonight.