It was a big night for two Pittsburgh Penguins. The night started with a ceremony honoring Penguins’ forward Matt Cullen in his 1,500th game. The Penguins wore warm-up jerseys with the number 7 and “Cullen” on the back. The Penguins also honored Cullen with silver plated stick, plaque, and invited his family onto the ice for the ceremony. Afterwards, Cullen said:
“As you get older, you appreciate these things more. I know when I’m done and sitting at home, I’ll appreciate it even more. It’s pretty special what the team does for a guy like me and how they go out of their way for my family. It’s part of why I love it here so much.” (x)
1,500 games is a massive achievement filled with years of sacrifice and perseverance. Cullen has been playing for 21 years with 8 different teams. Cullen has won 3 Stanley Cups, 1 with the Carolina Hurricane and 2 with the Pittsburgh Penguins. After 1,500 games, Cullen has 264 career goals and 464 assists.
The second achievement of the night is to, none other than, Penguins captain, Sidney Crosby. Crosby collected his 1,200th career point. The achieving point came off an assist on Jake Guentzel‘s goal that came 20 seconds into the 2nd period.
Crosby did go on to get another assist as well as a goal, bringing his total to 1,202 career points. Of his 1,202 points, 441 have been goals and 761 have been assists. Not bad considering he’s done it in under 1,000 games. He’s at 927 games in his career.
Crosby has put the Penguins at the 4th team in NHL History to have at least 2 players with 1,200 points with the team. Before the Penguins are the Detroit Red Wings, Boston Bruins, and Montreal Canadians (all Original 6).
Overall, it was a big night for the Pittsburgh Penguins organization and to top it all off, the Penguins beat the Florida Panthers 3-2, in overtime.
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