Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin have become the 21st century faces of the NHL. They have each won a scoring title, combined to win three MVP awards, four most outstanding player awards, and three times have combined for the most goals scored.
Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins got the best of Ovechkin’s Captials in their only playoff meeting in 2009. The Penguins were able to overcome a 2-0 series deficit to advance past the second round. The Pens then went on to capture the Stanley Cup, and Crosby earned the Conn Smythe award for playoff MVP.
Crosby added to his legend a year later when he scored the game winner in overtime to give Canada the Olympic Gold Medal at the 2010 Vancouver Games.
Ovechkin won the Calder Trophy (Rookie) and played on Russia’s 2006 and 2010 Olympic teams. He has 260 goals and 269 assists for 529 points in 369 career games.
Crosby has 183 goals, 323 assists for 506 points in 371 career games.
They have both been in the league for five years; with Ovechkin 24, and Crosby only 23, this is a rivalry that figures to intensify as the players mature. They play on marque teams and figure to be featured as the league's top players for at least the next 10 years.