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Alex Ovechkin thought it was kinda weird playing alongside Sidney Crosby, too

Alex Ovechkin thought it was kinda weird playing alongside Sidney Crosby, too

LOS ANGELES—For a couple of hours on Sunday afternoon, Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby put aside their rivalry and teamed up in the NHL All-Star Game as the Metropolitan Division’s top forward line.

The Metro won the 3-on-3 mini-tournament—and claimed the $1 million prize—but the results for the league's two marquee players were a bit of a mixed bag.

“It was fun,” the Caps’ captain said of skating with Crosby. “I think we had pretty good chances. We [were] not that sharp, but when we needed [to], we score goals and [got] a couple of assists.”

Ovechkin recorded a goal and an assist in the Metro’s 10-6 semifinal win over the Atlantic. But he did not record a shot—and was on the ice for two goals against—in his team's 4-3 championship win over the Pacific.

Crosby’s stats, meantime, were strikingly similar. A goal and an assist in the semis, a goose egg and a minus-2 in the championship.

Despite the uneven performance, Ovechkin said he had a blast—even if it felt a tad strange skating alongside No. 87.

“Yeah,” Ovechkin acknowledged, “but it was all about the fun.”

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Indeed, no rivalry elicits the same hype that Ovi vs. Sid does. Crosby holds a 24-14-3 edge in head-to-head regular season meetings with Ovechkin. Sid’s Penguins have also vanquished the Caps in the second round of the playoffs twice since 2009.

So it was notable that the two not only shared the same line on Sunday, but that cameras showed them talking numerous times throughout the weekend. During the skills competition Saturday, they compared notes about sticks. Prior to Sunday’s tourney, they discussed strategy.

“We just talk about how we’re going to play out there,” Ovechkin said. “If we’re [down] by one, what we’re going to do. It was just simple things, normal things. [Metro Coach Wayne] Gretzky came to us and said we’re going to play together so we have to have chemistry and we have to understand a little bit about how we have to move out there.”

Crosby said the chats came naturally.

“We’re here, we love the game,” the Penguins’ captain said. “This is a great experience from Friday until the game today. We just enjoyed ourselves.  We didn’t have to try to do that. Playing on the same team, going through the skills and all that stuff, it was kinda just easy for that to happen.”

But that doesn’t mean the two will be hanging out again anytime soon.

Asked if they’re buddies now, Ovechkin shrugged and cracked, “Um, yeah, best friends. How I always said.”

At the start of the semifinal game, Ovi and Sid looked like a couple of stars who had never played with one another. Crosby missed Ovechkin on a 2-on-1. A shift later, they failed to connect again.

“I couldn’t even find my breath after the first couple of shifts because you go back and forth back and forth,” Ovechkin said. “It was Jesus Christ, like, are we in a playoff game or all-star game? But after that, you find a rhythm and then you’re fine.”

By the second half of the semifinal, though, they seemed to settle into a groove. Crosby finished a pass from Justin Faulk to put the Metro ahead 7-5 late. Ovechkin recorded the secondary assist.

Then as time wound down, Ovechkin tapped a cross-ice pass from Crosby past Tuukka Rask to provide the final margin.

In the final, both got shut out points-wise. Still, they accomplished what they had set out to do: help lift the Metro to a win, a year after the division got bounced in the semis.    

“You always want to win; it’s fun,” Ovechkin said. “We sacrificed our body out there, blocking shots. ...When we [were] in the final, we [said] we have to go, we have to push, we’re going to take it.”

Asked if the prize money served as motivation, Ovi joked:  “If someone is going to give you one million bucks to share and to split and you’re close, why not?”

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: On to Vegas!

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: On to Vegas!

The Capitals are the Eastern Conference Champions!

After dispatching Tampa Bay in Game 7, the Caps claimed the conference crown for just the second time in franchise history. But they're not done yet. Now it's on to Vegas to face the Golden Knights for the Stanley Cup.

JJ Regan and Tarik El-Bashir break down the Caps' win over the Lightning and look ahead to the matchup with the Knights.

Check out their latest episode in the player below or listen on the Capitals Faceoff Podcast page.

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Believe it or not, this isn't the first D.C. vs. Vegas postseason matchup

Believe it or not, this isn't the first D.C. vs. Vegas postseason matchup

In what is perhaps the most unexpected Stanley Cup Final pairing in recent memory, the Washington Capitals and the Las Vegas Golden Knights are going to make history this year.

Either it is going to be the first expansion team to win a title in their first season, or it will be a team looking to end a 27-year title drought for one of the biggest cities in the United States.

But what it will not be is the first D.C. vs. Vegas postseason matchup.

Going even farther back than the Capitals last Stanley Cup appearance (1998), the Georgetown Hoyas and UNLV Rebels met in the 1991 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Sin City took the first, and up until now, the only postseason bout between these two cities. The Larry Johnson-led University of Las Vegas squad powered right past the Hoyas in the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament.

[D.C. sports and Second Rounds, I know right?]

Coming fresh off the NCAA title in 1990, UNLV waltzed right to the Final Four before meeting their demise against Duke. It also ended up being the last game for Dikembe Mutombo in a Georgetown uniform.

While in all likely-hood this will not be the final game/ series for Alex Ovechkin rocking the red, it may be his last and only chance for him to play this far into a postseason.

In the past two seasons, Vegas has gone from zero professional teams to having a Stanley Cup contender, a WNBA franchise, and lined up to take over the Oakland Raiders in 2020. 

Now time for the Golden Knights' Cinderella story to come up a little bit short. 

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