Brassard notches first as a Penguin on Kessel's 400th career assist

(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

A pair Penguins grabbed a couple of milestones in Pittsburgh’s in Pittsburgh’s 3-2 OT win over the Islanders on Saturday.

Newly acquired centre Derick Brassard tallied his first goal with his new club, burying a backhand past Christopher Gibson on a beautiful feed from Phil Kessel.

The helper was Kessel’s 400th career assist, with the 30-year-old has tallying 127 of those apples in a Penguins uniform, and 60 and 213 being registered in Boston and Toronto, respectively. Sitting at 74 points on the year, Kessel is on pace to surpass his career-high 82 posted in 2012-13 with the Maple Leafs.

Brassard, meanwhile, notched his first goal in a Pens uniform in his third game after being acquired from the Ottawa Senators for Ian Cole, Filip Gustavsson, and a couple of draft picks. With Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Brassard anchoring the team’s top nine down the middle, the two-time defending Cup champs will be, once again, a very tough matchup for any club that crosses their path this spring.