Where Does Crosby vs. Ovechkin Rank On the List of the NHL’s All Time Rivalries?

April 3rd, 2010 by Warren Shaw Leave a reply »
Hockey fans enjoy rivalries. The rivalry between Sidney Crosby and Alec Ovechkin has proven to be one of the most enjoyable in recent memory. With good reason, every matchup is a breathtaking display of what hockey is all about. The NHL is aware of its popularity exploiting every chance it has to play it up and undoubtedly hype the match up. Stick handling, skating, shooting, passing, and bone crunching body checks are on display when the two superb performers and their teams faced off together. Every time the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals face off stadiums, sellout and television viewership rises. As far as playing styles go, Crosby and Ovechkin could not be more different. Crosby displays all of the skills and has proven himself to be a clutch performer. Ovechkin is speedy, elusive and adds a hitting dimensionwhich is a throwback to a previous NHL era. Crosby has captured the hearts of hockey fans especially in Canada and Pittsburgh winning a Stanley Cup and a gold medal for Team Canada in the Winter Olympics. Both men have been natural competitors since their rookie seasons. Ovechkin won the Calder Trophy as Rookie of the Year as well as several A ...

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