Ovechkin VS Crosby IIIby Jason Weisbecker
With the Men’s NCAA Tournament on hold until tomorrow, what are you going to watch on TV tonight? American Idol? Family Guy repeats? The NBA? The NHL? Bingo!! Make sure that you tune into the instant classic waiting to happen between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals.
For the third time this season Sidney Crosby brings his defending Stanley Cup Champion Penguins into the Verizon Center to take on 2 time league MVP Alex Ovechkin and the Eastern Conference leading Washington Capitals. If tonight is anything like their last match up, then we are all in for a treat.
The Capitals won the last match up on February 7th, 5-4 in Overtime to take a 2-0 series lead. Alex Ovechkin had a hatrick and Crosby added two goals of his own. What will they due tonight for an encore?
The Capitals are not only comfortably in 1st place in the Eastern Conference with 106 points (16 points in front of the second place Penguins who have 90 points), but are also on their way to being the NHL’s highest scoring team since the 1995-1996 Penguins. The Penguins are positioning themselves for another run towards lord Stanley’s Cup and will not go quietly.
With the games two best players and perhaps currently, the greatest player rivalry in all of sports, tonight’s match up will not disappoint. Ovechkin and Crosby may respect each other, but there is no love loss between them. You have the fierce, all out style play of Ovechkin versus the finesse, “please don’t hit me,” style of play of Crosby. Who will prevail?
My Prediction: Capitals win 5-3.
And that’s my two cents…