It looks as though respective captains Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby put their rivalry aside and sportsmanship first.
Following a rough-and-tumble rivalry contest between Washington and Pittsburgh Tuesday, Crosby and Ovechkin joined together in an embrace, leading referees to race over and examine the situation. But it was far from a confrontation, (something that they'd seen a whole lot of all night) it was a nice exchange between two of the top athletes in the NHL (and it also makes it hard to hate the Penguins).
In the Caps loss, Ovechkin had an assist to register his 1,200th career NHL point, while Crosby scored twice for the Penguins.
Their long-time rivalry began over a decade ago when both of them started as rookies in the 2005-06 campaign, fueled by multiple second-round playoff duels and debate over who's better from fans and critics alike. Despite seeming tension between the two, Ovechkin and Crosby have shown respect toward one another over the course of their careers; they were line-mates at the 2017 NHL All-Star game, and Crosby even recently said that Ovechkin, 33, could very well break Gretzky's goal-scoring record.
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