For the last 10+ seasons we’ve had the fortune to watch two of the all time greats battle it out. Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin both came into the league 1 year apart and have always been compared to each other.
Both Ovechkin and Crosby can do a lot of great things on the ice but as you review the accolades one thing really starts to separate them Championships!
* KHL: 2013 Gagarin Cup Champion (Gold Medal)[
* NHL All-Rookie Team: 2006
* Hart Memorial Trophy (MVP): 2008, 2009, 2013
* Lester B. Pearson Award/ Ted Lindsay Award* (Most Outstanding Player): 2008, 2009, 2010*
* Art Ross Trophy (Scoring Leader): 2008 (112 points)
* Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy (Most Goals): 2008 (65 goals), 2009 (56 goals), 2013(32 goals; lockout shortened), 2014 (51 goals), 2015 (53 goals), 2016 (50 goals)
* Calder Memorial Trophy (NHL Rookie of the Year): 2006
* Holds the NHL record for most seasons of 10+ game-winning goals (5)
* Sixth player in NHL history to record 50+ Goals in at least 6 seasons
* Fifth fastest player in NHL history to score 500 career goals (in his 801st NHL game)
* 2008, 2012, 2014- World Championships – Gold Medal
“Sid the Kid” is just a winner plain and simple.
* Conn Smythe Trophy (Playoff MVP) — 2009
* 7× Most Valuable Player Award (MVP) — 2006, 2007, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017
* World Junior Silver Medal — 2004
* World Junior Gold Medal — 2005
* 2× Olympic Gold Medal — 2010, 2014
* World Championship Gold Medal — 2015, 2016
As great as Ovechkin is at scoring goals he never can seem to put it together in the playoffs. Looking at these two remind me of Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. Manning has a ton of individual accolades, but Brady has more rings. Something has to eventually give for Oveckin but only god knows when that’s going to happen.
Ovechkins time in Washington has been a revolving door of coaches and player personnel. At what point do they start really looking at the players and say maybe that’s what wrong. I just don’t see Ovechkin as a leader that wins, and it doesn’t matter if it’s the World Championship, NHL, or Olympics when the game is on the line Ovechkin disappears.
This was arguably one of the best teams around Ovechkin, and they still couldn’t get it done. Now Washington is going to be faced with some big decisions. Do they move him in the off season while they can still get something of value for him? Do they stick with this team and try to make another run?
No matter what they decide though Crosby has his Penguins in line for his 3rd Stanley Cup Championship. Last time I checked Crosby isn’t going anywhere, and until Ovechkin and the Caps can figure out how to beat him the outcome will remain the same.