To help celebrate NBC Rivalry Night, NHL.com will look at a rivalry within the rivalry of the featured game on Wednesday nights. For this week, we take a look at which superstar is off to the better start in 2013-14, 2013 Hart Trophy winner Alex Ovechkin or 2013 Ted Lindsay Award winner Sidney Crosby.
There aren't many professional athletes that can say their time in a league defined an era. When Alex Ovechkin joined the Washington Capitals and Sidney Crosby debuted for the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2005-06, they were two of the most anticipated rookies in the history of the sport.
There wasn't much of a rivalry between the players at first, but they quickly became two of the premier talents in the League and helped their teams become Stanley Cup contenders. The rivalry between Crosby and Ovechkin, and between their teams, intensified and at one point was considered by many in the hockey world to be the best in the NHL.