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Orpik says Crosby, Ovechkin are ‘opposites’

Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin

Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin


For a decade now, Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby have been subject to sometimes breathless comparisons.

That’s what happens when you’re the two biggest scoring sensations in your sport, but there have been times in which people have jumped to some strange conclusions about each star.

Brooks Orpik is one of the only people who could probably provide a credible account of what the two forwards are like, especially off the ice.

Those hoping to drum up differences between the two might be heartened to hear his thoughts about just how much they contrast, as’s Chuck Gormley reports.

“They couldn’t be any more different,” Orpik said. “They are two of the bigger names in the game, but in terms of the way they carry themselves off the ice they couldn’t be more opposites.”

Orpik said that Crosby displays a serious demeanor “90 percent of the time” and is something of a student of the game. Meanwhile, Ovechkin isn’t necessarily all-hockey, all-the-time in the same way.

(Cue certain people making the same conclusions as always, then?)

Anyway, for all the eye-rolling this induces for some, it’s interesting to get some more insight from the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins.

Perhaps it might get you a little more revved up for Wednesday Night Rivalry on NBCSN?

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