"I was fortunate to be around Steve Yzerman when we had the run from the mid-1990s until his retirement in 2006. You look for your leader to be your best player in the biggest games and Steve did that for us. Crosby and Ovechkin have done that for their teams. ... This battle is going to go on for a lot of years."
-- Red Wings GM Ken Holland
Leading that charge was an 18-year-old wunderkind from Nova Scotia and a 20-year-old rifleman from Moscow.
Five years ago today -- Oct. 5, 2005 -- Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin made their NHL debuts, and the League forever has been changed by their presence.
And since that night, the two have been indelibly linked in what has become the best individual rivalry in the League.