The debate over who is currently the NHL's top player wages on and on between those who side for the Washington Capitals superstar left winger, Alexander Ovechkin and those who prefer the Pittsburgh Penguins star center, Sydney Crosby. However as this debate continues off of the ice, in the arena it is quickly becoming one-sided in favor of the guy who wasn't expected to be the better of the two.
On Sunday February 22, Ovechkin would once again lead his Capitals over Crosby,and the Penguins, in a romp 5-2. This was just the most recent installment of Washington's and Ovechkin's dominance over the Pens and Crosby; it marked the Cap's third consecutive victory over Pittsburgh and fourth in their last five meetings, all with the two young guns appearing in the battles.
scored the game's opening goal 6:53 seconds into the first period, setting the tone for his team and the entire game itself. Penguins' center scored at 12:08 in the first period to tie the game at one a piece, but Washington's scored less than a minute later to give the Caps a 2-1 lead that wouldn't be relinquished.
Sergei Goncahr would add Pittsburgh's other goal after another Washington goal from, while Shaone Morrison and would produce Washington's final two scores of the contest later. However in the spotlight as always, when these two franchises have hooked up over the past three seasons has been Alex the Great and Syd the Kid, and as never before the careers seem to be headed on converse trails.
Ovechkin scored his league-leading 43rd goal, 12th in his team's last 11 games and might be on his way to consecutive 60-goal seasons. Not to mention his Capitals are second in the Eastern Conference standings at 38-17-5 with 81 points, just seven points behind the mighty Boston Bruins for conference supremacy. While the Penguins and Crosby on the other hand, have struggled mightily this season. Crosby has only scored 23 goals to date and his Penguins are a disappointing 29-26-6 with 64 points, finding themselves in 10th place in the east, 4 points behind the New York Rangers for the eighth and final playoff position in the east, just one season removed from reaching the Stanley Cup Finals.
The Capitals are a remarkable 25-2-1 in games which Ovechkin lights up the lamp, while the Penguins are just 10-5-3 when Crosby scores a goal. This is a classic tale of two stars heading in opposite directions this season and possibly a sign for what is to come. If there are any out there who still feel that Crosby is the better of the two, then they aren't paying attention to the NHL this season and when it's all said and done, Ovechkin will have had the better career between the two; but that's just me talking, maybe!