Sidney Crosby reaches 500 career goals, joining Mario Lemieux as the only Pittsburgh Penguins to accomplish this feat

PITTSBURGH Pittsburgh PenguinsCaptain Sidney CrosbyTuesday night saw him score his 500th career goals. This was only the second time in franchise history.

Crosby broke the tie by breaking a 1-1 tie. Philadelphia Flyers16:34 in the first period, the power play is scored with an assist by Evgeni Malkin.

It was fitting that Malkin was in the goal. The two NHL superstars have been at forefront of a franchise revival, leading the Penguins three Stanley Cup titles since they entered the league.

The goal horn was sounded throughout the PPG Paints Arena. Crosby joined the rest of the Penguins team in celebrating along the sideboards next to Carter Hart, Flyers goaltender.

Crosby scored his 14th goal of the season. The Penguins then tweeted a video from Mario Lemieux. He was the only player in franchise history who reached 500. Lemeiux was the Penguins' Stanley Cup champion in 1990s. He finished his career scoring 690 goals.

Lemieux stated that he was able to see most of them. “And I'm certain there will be more in future.”

Crosby, who led Penguins to a 3-2 win against the New Jersey DevilsOn Sunday, played a game with an open net on one end of the ice. He never got a shot off. This set the stage for the feat at home against one of the franchises fiercest competitors.

Crosby's 50th goal against the Flyers was the goal. This came in a game in which the Penguins were trying to win their eighth consecutive victory. After a turbulent start to the season the rally put the Penguins in the lead in the Metropolitan Division.

Crosby (34), was the No. Crosby, 34 years old, was the No. He had 44 points in his 38th season game and averaged 19:45 on the ice heading into the Philadelphia in-state match.

He finished the 2009-10 season with 51 goals, his career high. He's also topped 30 goals nine more times.

This report was compiled by the Associated Press.

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