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Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin will face off in the Eastern Conference Semifinals

Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin will face off in the Eastern Conference Semifinals

Sidney Crosby vs. Alexander Ovechkin

This is what the NHL needs.  Two great players who absolutely hate each other. Two fan bases that hate the player on the opposing team.  This is what the Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin show has brought to the NHL.  Now the rivalry between the two superstars is about to go to a WHOLE different level.

After the Washington Capitals defeated the New York Rangers 2-1 in Game 7 Tuesday night, the match up was set that the NHL needs and has been waiting for.  The Pittsburgh Penguins, who defeated the Philadelphia Flyers in six games, will take on the Washington Capitals in a best of seven series starting Saturday.  Although this series will be fun to watch with a ton scoring, physical play, and two pretty good young goaltenders, but the focus throughout the series will be the Crosby/Ovechkin match up.

Both players are former #1 overall draft picks (Ovechkin in 2004, Crosby in 2005) and in their rookie years both looked like everything they lived up to as they racked up a ton of goals and assists.  The rivalry though didn’t really start to get really intense until the past couple of years.  This season, the rivalry has been at its peak so far.  After Ovechkin scored his 50th goal he put his stick down on the ice and acted like it was on fire, Crosby had some comments about the celebration pretty much saying he’s a show boat and went overboard.

Earlier this season both stars got tangled up along the board as Crosby pushed Ovechkin into his own bench and then Ovechkin went after Crosby.  As they were being separated Ovechkin taunted Crosby waving to him as Crosby was yelling from his own bench. After that game these comments were made from both players (watch video below)  

This series is what the NHL had to be hoping for to put the game of hockey back on the map.  The Crosby/Ovechkin could possibly be the Magic/Byrd rivalry that put the NBA on the map.  The NHL needs to promote this series like crazy to get the younger viewers into the game of hockey cuz this series will be “must see TV.”

As for the series, there will be lots of scoring as both teams have a lot of fire power.  The Caps are led by Ovechkin along with Nicklas Backstrom, Alexander Semin, Sergei Federov and Mike Green, while the Pens offensive weapons are Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Jordan Staal, Bill Guerin.  The difference makers will be the ones guarding the net for both teams.  The Pens have Marc-Andre Fleury, while the Caps will have the rookie Simeon Varlamov, who spent most of the season in the minors with the Hershey Bears, but shut down the New York Rangers in the six games he played.  Despite how much i like the Caps offense i have to say the Pens will win the series in a thrilling seven game series.  The reason I pick the Pens: Marc-Andre Fleury.  Fleury lead the Pens in the series win over the Flyers and has the playoff experience.  Even though I will be cheering for Varlamov (as i saw him twice in Hershey) i don’t know how the youngster will adjust to the Pens lethal attack.

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