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We knew it’d happen eventually, but how appropriate is it that Sidney Crosby scored his 500th career goal against Philadelphia? The Flyers might not be having a good season and they’ve been hit hard by injuries, but that doesn’t change the fact that the Philadelphia-Pittsburgh rivalry is one of the most intense in the NHL.

To make things even better, Crosby’s milestone goal was assisted on by Evgeni Malkin. It was also Crosby’s 50th goal for the Philadelphia Flyers (which of course means that 10% of Crosby’s total regular season goals have been against Philadelphia). Perhaps just as important though, Crosby now has 14 goals and 46 points despite being limited to just 38 games this season. He’s 34-years-old, but he’s still performing at a star level. His career seems far from over.

It’s not out of the realm of possibilities that he has other big milestones on the horizon. He’s at 1,371 points in 1,077 career games, so 1,500 points in very realistic. With 870 assists, reaching the 1,000-assist mark is possible and we can’t rule him reaching 600 goals either before he hangs up his skates.

When Crosby was drafted, he was hyped as being a future all-time great. Since then, he’s managed to live up to that hype. Along the way he’s won the Hart Trophy twice, the Conn Smythe Trophy twice, and claimed the Stanley Cup three times.

What milestones like this do is give us an opportunity to take a step back and appreciate what Crosby has done. It’s been a great career and it’s not over yet.

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ST. LOUIS 5 OTTAWA 2

Robert Thomas scored the game-winning goal and registered two assists. He’s up to six goals and 36 points in 40 contests.

Vladimir Tarasenko also had a big game with two goals and an assist for St. Louis. That gives him 18 goals and 44 points in 43 games.

Pavel Buchnevich assisted on three of the Blues’ five goals. He has 15 goals and 41 points in 41 contests.

Ville Husso stopped 18 of 20 shots last night. He’s allowed two or fewer goals in five of his last six starts.

Matt Murray stopped 27 of 31 shots before exiting the game midway through the third period due to an injury. Anton Forsberg entered the contest and saved four shots the rest of the way.

Tim Stutzle scored a goal for the Senators. It was his ninth goal and 24th point in 45 contests.

PITTSBURGH 5 PHILADELPHIA 4 (OT)

Sidney Crosby scored his 500th career goal and registered an assist. Through 38 games this season, he’s recorded 14 goals and 46 points in 38 games.

Kris Letang provided the overtime winner and recorded an assist. He has six goals and 45 points in 46 contests.

Philadelphia got a goal and an assist from Scott Laughton. That gives him 10 goals and 25 points in 46 games.

Carter Hart saved 29 of 34 shots last night. He’s allowed at least three goals in each of his last three starts.

Casey DeSmith turned aside 23 of 27 Flyers shots. He has a 5-3-2 record, 3.11 GAA, and .897 save percentage in 12 starts.

BUFFALO 6 NY ISLANDERS 3

Kyle Palmieri scored a pair of goals for the Islanders. His second goal came at 9:56 of the third period and at the time even the score at 3-3.

Victor Olofsson netted his sixth goal of the season at 17:05 of the third period to give the Sabres a 4-3 lead. He later added an empty net goal in the final minute of the contest.

Dylan Cozens assisted three of Buffalo’s six goals. He has 11 goals and 24 points in 45 games.

Dustin Tokarski stopped 30 of 33 Islanders shots. He’s 5-6-4 with a 3.30 GAA and .903 save percentage in 17 contests.

Ilya Sorokin turned aside 35 of 39 shots last night. That’s the fourth straight start where he’s surrendered at least three goals.

TAMPA BAY 6 NEW JERSEY 3

Pat Maroon, Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, Nikita Kucherov, and Victor Hedman led the Lightning by each providing a goal and an assist. Hedman’s goal also served as the game winner.

Corey Perry registered two assists for Tampa Bay. He has 13 goals and 26 points in 49 contests.

Jon Gillies turned aside 24 of 30 contests before being pulled midway through the third period. Nico Daws stepped in and stopped the two shots he faced.

Dawson Mercer scored a goal and registered two assists for the Devils. He has 11 goals and 28 points in 50 games.

Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 22 of 25 Devils shots. He’s 26-8-4 with a 2.27 GAA and a .922 save percentage in 38 contests.

NY RANGERS 2 BOSTON 1 (SO)

Jeremy Swayman stopped 33 of 34 shots in regulation time. He allowed three goals over a staggering nine shootout rounds and consequently missed out on the extra point.

Igor Shesterkin kicked out 31 of 32 shots prior to the shootout. He then held Boston to two goals over the nine shootout rounds.

Charlie Coyle got the scoring started with his goal at 3:39 of the first period. The Bruins forward has 11 goals and 22 points in 47 contests.

That was the only goal until Filip Chytil found the back of the net at 6:45 of the third frame. He has five goals and 12 points in 39 contests.

K’Andre Miller provided the deciding goal in the shootout. During regulation time he had no points and two shots in 21:58 minutes of ice time.

WASHINGTON 4 NASHVILLE 1

The Capitals already had a 2-1 lead at the time, but Alex Ovechkin scored a pair of goals to pad out the lead. He’s up to 31 goals and 62 points in 49 games. He now has 16 30-plus goal seasons, which is the second most of all-time behind only Mike Gartner.

Nick Jensen netted the game-winning goal. It was his fourth goal and 12th point in 45 games.

Michael McCarron scored the Predators’ lone goal. He has two goals and four points in 26 contests.

Ilya Samsonov turned aside 33 of 34 shots last night. He improved to 16-7-3 with a 2.83 GAA and .906 save percentage in 28 contests.

At the other end of the ice, Juuse Saros saved 24 of 27 shots. He has a 24-14-3 record, 2.45 GAA, and .924 save percentage in 41 starts.

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CALGARY 6 COLUMBUS 2

Tyler Toffoli scored a goal in his Flames debut. Calgary acquired him from Montreal on Monday. He has 10 goals and 27 points in 38 contests.

Elias Lindholm found the back of the net and registered two assists for the Flames. He’s up to 19 goals and 43 points in 46 games.

Dan Vladar stopped 18 of 20 shots on Tuesday. He’s 7-3-1 with a 2.58 GAA and .911 save percentage in 11 contests.

Columbus’ goals were scored by defensemen Zach Werenski and Adam Boqvist. Werenski’s up to seven goals and 28 points in 45 games.

Elvis Merzlikins saved 35 of 41 Flames shots. Calgary scored two goals in each period with one of those markers being shorthanded.

DALLAS 4 COLORADO 1

Joe Pavelski was a huge factor for Dallas with two goals and two assists. That gives him 21 goals and 52 points in 47 games.

Tyler Seguin also had a big night for the Stars with a goal and two assists. Jason Robertson contributed a goal and an assist for Dallas.

Jake Oettinger stopped 46 of a staggering 47 shots last night. He had to face at least 14 shots in each period.

Nathan MacKinnon scored the Avalanche’s only goal. He has 10 goals and 45 points in 33 contests.

Pavel Francouz stopped 16 of 19 Stars shots. He was making his first start since Jan. 28.

EDMONTON 5 LOS ANGELES 2

Evander Kane and Connor McDavid each provided Edmonton with a goal and an assist. Kane is up to three goals and six points in eight games since joining the Oilers.

Kailer Yamamoto provided the game-winning goal. He’s up to nine markers and 17 points in 47 games.

Mike Smith stopped 30 of 32 shots last night. It’s been a rough, injury-riddled season for Smith, but he’s allowed just three goals over his last two games.

At the other end of the ice, Cal Petersen stopped 24 of 27 shots. The final two Oilers goals were scored on an empty net.

Phillip Danault scored a goal for Los Angeles. He has 13 goals and 26 points in 46 games.

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