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Crosby vs. Ovechkin Debate Is Over…For Now

Posted By Justin Welton On Dec 4 2010 @ 6:52 pm In Pittsburgh Penguins | 21 Comments

For years people have been debating who is better, Sidney Crosby or Alexander Ovechkin? I have always thought that Crosby was better than Ovechkin, in terms of being the best player in the world. Finally, people cannot say that I am being biased.

Crosby is the leading point scorer (44) in the NHL. He is currently entertaining a 14-game point streak, a streak that has included 15 goals and 14 assists. He is playing some of the best hockey of his career, obviously.

The thing I am super impressed with Crosby is his leadership. He publicly came out and defended Marc-Andre Fleury recently when he was struggling. Fleury has been dynamite since that time.

He has won a Stanley Cup a few years ago, while losing another the year before. He scored the game winning goal in the Olympics to secure the gold medal for Canada. Ovechkin doesn’t have any of these awards.

People question Ovechkin’s ability to lead his team to the promise land. He consistently has had one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference, but has failed to make a Stanley Cup. His teammates haven’t really helped him out either. Alexander Semin has been a dud in the postseason, Nicklas Backstrom hasn’t been fantastic and Mike Green has been invisible in the postseason. But, in the end, it is Ovechkin’s team. In the series against the Penguins he played great, but Crosby was up to the challenge. Ovechkin had a chance to get the first goal in game seven, but was stoned by Fleury on the breakaway. If he scores that goal maybe the Capitals end up winning the series.

Alexander Ovechkin- 423 games played – 279 goals – 283 assists – 562 points – +74

Sidney Crosby- 398 games played – 204 goals – 346 assists – 550 points – +54

The biggest statistics of all:

Stanley Cups

Crosby – 1

Ovechkin – 0

Gold Medals

Crosby – 1

Ovechkin – 0

Sidney Crosby has all the intangibles a superstar needs to win championships. I know Ovechkin will win one before his career is over, and that could even be this year. But, until he wins one, Crosby is clearly the best player in the world.

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