It only felt like throwback night at Consol Energy Center on Tuesday: Sidney Crosby reached the 100-point mark for the first time since 2009-10, he made it there on a secondary assist and he lost his temper at the end of the game, as evidenced by a "Rock Bottom"-esque move that put him in the penalty box.

First things first — the Pittsburgh Penguins captain hit the century mark in his 76th game, and he may finish the season as the only NHL player with as many as 90 points. Ryan Getzlaf is currently in second place with 83.

"It's a number. It's nice. I don't think you go into seasons thinking only about that. I think it's nice when you get the opportunity to do it, and it's a lot better when you win," Crosby said. And the Pittsburgh Penguins certainly did not win; the Carolina Hurricanes, who started the night 26 points behind them in the standings and would've been eliminated from the playoffs with a loss, won, 4-1.

So much for clinching the Metropolitan Division at home. It was a wasted game by a team that's had several of late, regardless of its injury list.

"When you look at the last six games and the inconsistency of our play, I don't think any player looks at that and says, 'We're all right with that,'" coach Dan Bylsma said after the game.

That's another story, though.

As far as that opportunity Crosby mentioned: It was his first real one since the last time he reached 100 points. In 2010-11, as has been discussed a few times, Crosby's season ended with a concussion during the Winter Classic. In 41 games, he had 32 goals and 34 assists.