Since entering the league in 2005, Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby have been rivals on the ice and talked trash towards each other off of it.
While the rift between the two players has always been overblown, Ovechkin and Crosby have played rough against each other during games. The Russian machine has referred to Crosby’s franchise as “Shitsburgh” while Crosby has complained about the amount of lids thrown on the ice after an Ovechkin hat trick. Crosby did not salute Ovechkin after his 1,000th career point.
That’s why the 2017 All-Star Weekend has been so bizarre. Friday, during the NHL’s Top 100 Players Ceremony, Ovechkin and Crosby hung out and were very warm towards each other. Saturday night, the two Metropolitan Division All-Stars were inseparable during the All-Star Skills Competition.
The Washington Capitals just released a behind-the-scenes video from the NHL’s Top 100 Ceremony. The video follows Alex Ovechkin as he meets up with some of the greatest players of all-time like Wayne Gretzky, Sergei Fedorov, Mario Lemieux, Jaromir Jagr, and Joe Sakic.
But the best moment happens between Ovechkin, his father Mikhail, and Sidney Crosby.
Whatever that was between the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins, it died the way it lived: messily, physically, while blurring the lines of legality.
But if you rewind just a few moments, you’ll find a play that everyone can agree on: Sidney Crosby tripped the living hell out of Alex Ovechkin.
Last week, the NHL released a fancy commercial promoting the 2017 NHL All-Star Game (which you probably saw 15 times during Caps-Penguins). Because this year’s edition of the game is being held in Los Angeles, California, the NHL went with a Hollywood theme and had several of its stars recite movie lines. Poorly.
Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby both make cameos, but the magic of their 2007 ASG ad is never quite achieved.
Alex Ovechkin is the most exciting player in the National Hockey League, according to a recent Yahoo Sports/YouGov survey of hockey fans in the United States. Twenty-six percent of respondents said the Russian dynamo is a “must-see” player, the poll reports, which outranks his peers.
Ovechkin beat out Sidney Crosby, who fans selected 24 percent of the time in the survey, and Patrick Kane, who was checked off 19 percent of the time.
Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby is suffering from post-concussion syndrome after an incident at practice last Friday. Wednesday morning, in his second straight day of skating, Crosby participated in some non-contact drills with Bryan Rust ahead of the Penguins’ full practice.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have announced that Sidney Crosby has been diagnosed with a concussion. The captain of the league’s championship team and the 2015-16 Conn Smythe winner may miss Thursday’s season opener against the Washington Capitals.
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