Crosby became the first player in the League this season to reach 100 points when he earned an assist on a goal by Chris Kunitz at 9:01 of the opening period. It was his 64th assist to go along with 36 goals.
Crosby reached the 100-point mark in four of his first five NHL seasons, including a League-high 120 points in 2006-07. But he had not scored more than 66 points in any of the past three seasons, mostly due to injuries that limited him to 41 games in 2010-11 and 22 games the following season. He was leading the League with 56 points in 36 games last season but missed the remainder of the 48-game season with a broken jaw.
I remember the first time at Wrigley Field all of us had the long johns, the turtlenecks and the extra equipment because we were afraid of being cold. Halfway through the first period everybody's ripping everything off and we just ended up wearing what we would normally wear for a game at the United Center.
— Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp on the 2009 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic