Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby reached 100 points for the fifth time in his career on Tuesday night, and the first time since his career was plagued by concussion problems.

Crosby assisted on Chris Kunitz's 35th of the season midway through the first period against the Carolina Hurricanes. That put the Cole Harbour, N.S., native at 36 goals and a league-leading 64 assists.

At the time of the play, Crosby was 17 points ahead of Ryan Getzlaf of Anaheim in the Art Ross Trophy race for top NHL scorer.

Crosby scored at least 100 points four times in his first five seasons in the league, including a career-best 120 in 2006-07, the only time he's won the Art Ross in his already illustrious career.

But in early January 2011, he suffered blows to the head in separate games, leading to a concussion layoff that lasted until November of the following season. After a promising return in 2011-12, he then suffered a recurrence of concussion issues the following month and ended up playing just 22 games that season and only 36 the following year.

In 2013-14, Crosby was in fine form, but the schedule was reduced to 48 games due to the NHL lockout. He would have in all likelihood won another Art Ross, but he suffered a jaw injury that limited him to 36 games.

Pittsburgh on Tuesday was trying to wrap up the Metropolitan Division against Carolina, which would guarantee that the Penguins finish as one of the top two seeds in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

However, the Hurricanes prevailed 4-1, and Crosby wasn't much in the mood for talking about personal accolades.

"There's not much good to take out of it," Crosby said. "So we've just got to make sure we respond the next game."

With files from The Associated Press