Crosby, Ovechkin Prove They Are Truly the Best

Matt McKeownContributor IMay 14, 2009

WASHINGTON - MAY 13: Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals and Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins shake hands after Pittsburgh's 6-2 victory in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Semifinal Round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Verizon Center May 13, 2009 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

After last night's pivotal game seven, the Pittsburgh Penguins proved themselves worthy enough to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals.

What was really proved in this series? Sidney Crosby of the Penguins, and Alexander Ovechkin of the Capitals, proved that at this point in time, they are the best two players in the National Hockey League.

Who contributed the most towards leading these two teams into game seven of one of the NHL's best series' of the 2009 Playoffs, so far? In my opinion, that was Crosby.

It is not just because he was the one that, in the end, led his team to the ultimate victory, but it is because of the intensity and the faith that he came out with when he stepped onto the ice before the beginning of EACH game of this seven game series.

Now, if you look at it statistically, and not just in my opinion, then Ovechkin had a better series. But not by much. Ovechkin ended the series with eight goals and six assists, while Crosby finished with eight goals and five assists.

Perhaps the most memorable game of the series, and maybe of these two all-stars careers, was game two, when Alex The Great and Sid The Kid traded hat tricks. Memorable for both because of not only that statistic, but it was also the first career hat-trick in the postseason for either of them.

After this series, if you are an NHL fan, and you do not believe that either Sidney Crosby or Alex Ovechkin are the best two players in the NHL, then you need to watch more hockey.