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Your! Call: Has the Crosby, Ovechkin rivalry been rekindled?

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Ken Rodney, TSN.ca
11/20/2013 3:32:04 PM
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Wednesday night's matchup between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals will mark the 26th regular season meeting between Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin.  They have at times been considered the two best players in the game, the question is, has their rivalry been rekindled?

The NHL season has reached its quarter point and both Crosby and Ovechkin find themselves at the forefront of the scoring race.

With 17 goals, Ovechkin is tied with Alex Steen for first, three goals ahead of injured Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkos.

Crosby meanwhile, shares the overall points lead with Steen as both players currently have 26 on the season.  With seven assists added to his goal total, Ovechkin is fourth, two points behind the leaders.

In their head-to-head battle, that has also included seven playoff games, Crosby has been the more successful of the two, picking up 43 regular season points and also has 13 more in the postseason. Ovechkin has 46 points in those 32 matchups.

All of those playoff games were contested during a heated seven-game series in 2009 that the Penguins eventually captured in final game blowout in Washington.

Adding fuel to the fire, the Penguins and Capitals are currently fighting for first place in the Metropolitan Division, with only a single point separating the two teams after 21 games.

Last season, they split the two most prestigious post-season awards with Ovechkin being named the Hart Trophy winner as league MVP for the third time in his career while Crosby captured the Ted Lindsay award as most outstanding player as voted by the members of the NHLPA for the second time.
 
Other players have also entered the upper echelon of the NHL to challenge Sidney Crosby's place at the top including Stamkos, New York Islanders forward John Tavares, Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perry and Crosby's teammate Evgeni Malkin.

Has Ovechkin's resurgence been enough to add the spark back into the rivalry between himself and Crosby or has everyone moved on to another battle for the top spot in the NHL?

Has the rivalry between Crosby and Ovechkin been rekindled?

It's Your! Call.

Sidney Crosby Alex Ovechkin (Photo: Joe Sargent/NHLI via Getty Images)

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