Round two of the playoffs brings back a familiar rivalry, but who is really the better player?

Crosby VS Ovechkin

Image result for crosby ovechkin gif

They both joined the NHL in the 2005-06 season, due to a lockout in the previous season.  Both 1st overall picks, both entering the NHL with tremendous hype.

Ever since they were rookies, their names have been linked.  Even though they’ve defined their respective careers and have matured as players, their names will forever be compared by fans and the media.

Ya, they’ve had their share of one-on-one battles…

Image result for crosby ovechkin gif

 GIF

Image result for crosby ovechkin gif

 

… even the fans get themselves involved.
Image result for crosby ovechkin gif

 

But what do the stats say?

Crosby:

2005-06 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 81 39 63 102 110 -1
2006-07 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 79 36 84 120 60 10 5 3 2 5 4
2007-08 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 53 24 48 72 39 18 20 6 21 27 12
2008-09 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 77 33 70 103 76 3 24 15 16 31 14
2009-10 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 81 51 58 109 71 15 13 6 13 19 6
2010-11 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 41 32 34 66 31 20
2011-12 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 22 8 29 37 14 15 6 3 5 8 9
2012-13 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 36 15 41 56 16 26 14 7 8 15 8
2013-14 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 80 36 68 104 46 18 13 1 8 9 4
2014-15 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 77 28 56 84 47 5 5 2 2 4 0
2015-16 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 80 36 49 85 42 19 24 6 13 19 4
2016-17 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 75 44 45 89 24 17 5 2 5 7 0
NHL Totals 782 382 645 1027 576 129 51 93 144 61

 

Ovechkin:

2005-06 Washington Capitals NHL 81 52 54 106 52 2
2006-07 Washington Capitals NHL 82 46 46 92 52 -19
2007-08 Washington Capitals NHL 82 65 47 112 40 28 7 4 5 9 0
2008-09 Washington Capitals NHL 79 56 54 110 72 8 14 11 10 21 8
2009-10 Washington Capitals NHL 72 50 59 109 89 45 7 5 5 10 0
2010-11 Washington Capitals NHL 79 32 53 85 41 24 9 5 5 10 10
2011-12 Washington Capitals NHL 78 38 27 65 26 -8 14 5 4 9 8
2012-13 Washington Capitals NHL 48 32 24 56 36 2 7 1 1 2 4
2013-14 Washington Capitals NHL 78 51 28 79 48 -35
2014-15 Washington Capitals NHL 81 53 28 81 58 10 14 5 4 9 6
2015-16 Washington Capitals NHL 79 50 21 71 53 21 12 5 7 12 2
2016-17 Washington Capitals NHL 82 33 36 69 50 6 6 3 0 3 2
NHL Totals 921 558 477 1035 617 90 44 41 85 40

 

So which player is better?  Well, it depends on which metrics you’re studying.  Crosby has less career season points, but he’s also played 139 less season games.  Ovechkin throws his weight around more often than Crosby, and may be the best goal scorer of all-time, but Crosby has two Stanley Cups – which really is the ultimate.

 

Image result for crosby saying ovechkin gif

The second round will definitely be an exciting match-up between old rivals, Pittsburgh Penguins VS Washington Capitals.  Who will end up on top?  Well, only time will tell.

 

 

Oh hey Sid, we can fix your stick.  You can get back to seizing these opportunities against your rivals!

Image result for crosby ovechkin gif

 

 

JOIN OUR NEWSLETTER
Join over 3,000 visitors who are receiving our newsletter. You'll hear a new perspective of hockey, shooting tips, and receive discount offers.
We hate spam. Your email address will not be sold or shared with anyone else.

Comments

comments

SHARE IT:

Related Posts