The greatest moments of the Alex Ovechkin vs. Sidney Crosby rivalry
Best moments of the Ovi vs. Crosby rivalry
A new chapter was added last season as the Capitals defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins in the playoffs and Alex Ovechkin and co. would go on to hoist the Stanley Cup. As the new season begins, let's look back
Ovechkin beats out Crosby for Calder Trophy, 2006
Ovechkin and Crosby were both taken No. 1 overall in the draft in 2004 and 2005 respectively, but a lockout erased the 2004-05 season which led to both players entering the league in the same year. A natural rivalry was born as two generational talents battled for the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year, an award Ovechkin would ultimately claim over Crosby.
The rivaly gets fun, 2007
The Ovechkin-Crosby rivalry was largely good natured at the beginning, considering neither the Caps or the Penguins were all that good at the start of their careers. The rivalry was always brimming just under the surface as demonstrated by a hilarious 2007 commercial promoting the league in which Ovechkin pranks Crosby.
The rivaly gets serious, 2009
By 2009, both the Caps and Penguins were playoff teams with Stanley Cup aspirations. That made each meeting between the two teams more serious. On Feb. 22, 2009, Crosby shoved Ovechkin from behind in front of the Caps' bench and the two exchanged words. Clearly, the rivalry was coming to a head.
The first playoff meeting, 2009
The exchange in February was a preview of what was to come as Ovechkin and Crosby met in the playoffs for the first time in 2009. Both players scored hat tricks in Game 2 of the series as the Caps jumped out to a 2-0 lead. Ultimately, the Caps would flame out in Game 7, but the incredible series left hockey fans wanting more.
Caps win 14th straight game in miracle comeback, 2010
In 2010, the Caps were the hottest team in the league with 13 straight wins. They hosted Pittsburgh in a Super Bowl Sunday matinee that turned into an instant classic. The Penguins led 4-1 with two goals from Crosby, but Ovechkin led the miracle comeback with the hat trick and the Caps won in overtime for their 14th straigh win.
The Winter Classic, 2011
In one of the few Winter Classics that didn't feature the Chicago Blackhawks, the Ovechkin-Crosby rivalry was given the NHL spotlight as the Caps and Penguins met on New Year's Day in Heinz Field. The game was somewhat marred by Crosby leaving early with a concussion, but Caps fans went home happy with a 3-1 win.
The second playoff meeting, 2016
We had to wait seven long years for a playoff rematch, but we finally got one in 2016. Crosby was limited to just two points in all six games of the series, but Ovechkin's seven points weren't enough for Washington who fell yet again and had to watch Pittsburgh hoist the Cup just as they did in 2009.
Ovechkin scores his 1000th point, 2017
When the Caps and Penguins met on Jan. 11, 2017, Ovechkin sat just one away from career point No. 1000. It took him just 35 seconds to get it. His milestone goal fueled a big 5-2 win over Pittsburgh and point No. 1000 felt all the more sweeter as it came at the hands of Crosby and Co.
Ovechkin and Crosby team up as All-Stars, 2017
The current 3-on-3 tournament format for the All-Star game teams up players from divisions. In 2017, Ovechkin and Crosby were not just teammates, but linemates. Both Ovechkin and Crosby put the rivalry aside for a day as both players assisted on a goal for the other.
A third playoff meeting, 2017
For the second year in a row, the Caps and Penguins met in the playoffs. This one went the distance, but once again the Caps fell and again had to watch Crosby hoist the Cup for a third time.
Ovechkin and Crosby team up again as All-Stars, 2018
If you have Ovechkin and Crosby on your roster, why wouldn't you put them together? Once again, the two rivals were teammates on the Metropolitan team and once again, both players assisted on a goal for the other.
Ovechkin finally gets the best of Crosby, 2018
It took four tries, but it was worth the wait. In 2018, Ovechkin and the Caps finally got the better of Sidney Crosby. Ovechkin assisted on the series-clinching overtime goal. This time, it was the Penguins who had to watch from home as Ovechkin led the Caps to the team's first Stanley Cup in franchise history.