Heading into Game Six of the Stanley Cup Quarterfinals, Alex Ovechkin is a little ahead of Sidney Crosby, but Crosby's team is ahead of Ovechkin's.
Ovechkin was climbing in the popularity polls during the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but he lost points for the way he has played in the second round, injuring Sergei Gonchar and hitting other Penguins in a way some say is unsportsmanlike.
The Pittsburgh Penguins lead the Washington Capitals three games to two. Ovechkin leads all goal-scorers in the NHL Playoffs with 10 goals and 17 points. Crosby is one behind in both of those categories, with nine goals and 16 points.
Ovechkin and Crosby each have seven assists. They are tied at seven in the plus/minus category, too. They both have eight penalty minutes. They each have three power play goals.
However, Ovechkin has played 12 games and Crosby has only played 11, as it took the Penguins six games to beat the Philadelphia Flyers but the New York Rangers took the Caps to seven.
Another category in which Ovechkin leads is age. He was born in 1985. Crosby was born in 1987. Compare Crosby in two years to Ovechkin today, or Crosby today to Ovechkin two years ago...