Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin have met in many battles over their 11-plus seasons in the NHL. The funniest one was over some room service.
Back in 2007, the two were the stars of an NHL on NBC commercial that featured some of the league's up-and-coming players.
The gag is, the players are mischievous and causing a ruckus on a road trip in a nice hotel. Jordan and Eric Staal are having a pillow fight as feathers fly. Dion Phaneuf and Martin Havlat are racing in a hallway while pushing Phil Kessel and Wade Redden in luggage carts.
Redden wasn't the only veteran in the ad. Brendan Shanahan and Sheldon Souray are throwing water balloons off a balcony, Joe Thornton is eating all the complimentary chocolates, Roberto Luongo and Ryan Miller are pulling the old feather on the nose, shaving cream in the hand prank on Marty Turco. Justin Williams, Dany Heatley, Brian Rolston and Martin St. Louis have an unfortunate pottery incident.
All sorts of hijinks are happening.
But Ovechkin goes for a classic.
The Washington Capitals star phones room service and starts ordering like it's his last meal: three pizzas, two meatloaf dinners, sausage, french fries, chicken corn dogs and perhaps grossest of all "five lobsters, lots of ketchup."
When asked for his name, Ovechkin doesn't hesitate: "My name? Sidney Crosby."
The spot ends with a surprised Crosby channelling Jerry Seinfeld's trademark "Newman" call.
"Ovechkin!" he sneers.
Even in its infancy, this rivalry was must-see TV.