Crosby vs. Ovechkin: Who is the real G.O.A.T.?


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WASHINGTON, DC – MAY 10: Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals and Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins shake hands after the Penguins defeated the Capitals 2-0 in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Second Round during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Verizon Center on May 10, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/NHLI via Getty Images)

The rich history of the NHL is filled with elite players that have come and gone. Two of the best players of the modern day era of hockey have been dominating the league for quite a long time now. But the question that surrounds these two and remains to be answered is the following: Is Sidney Crosby or Alexander Ovechkin the better hockey player? Everybody has different opinions and views on this topic, but to me, it’s clear that Sidney Crosby is better, and it’s not even close.

Sidney Crosby has more overall points. Yes, Ovechkin has more goals, but that’s all Ovechkin is good for. He sets up in one spot and takes one-timers. Crosby is constantly grinding in the corners getting the hippy net front presence goals but also making the flashy shot and moves to create those goals. Currently, Crosby is leading Ovechkin by twenty-three points and leading him in assists by 274 more. The assist margin also goes to show that Crosby creates opportunities for others instead of selfishly padding his own stats for individual goals.

Crosby has also won two more Stanley Cups than Ovechkin. This is also just another factor that shows Crosby can lead a team to greater success and achieve the ultimate goal. Ovechkin has failed time and time again. Yes, he has a cup more recently, but Crosby’s three are more impressive.  

Sidney Crosby has also won the Conn Smythe trophy more times. The Conn Smythe is awarded to the most valuable player during the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs. Impressively, Crosby is also only one of five players to win the Conn Smythe twice. Crosby commands more from his teammates and himself during these times. He is more of a natural-born leader in gritty and tough situations.

Crosby is simply a more vital piece to his team. If Ovechkin left the Washington Capitals, the team would still be solid. Crosby has built the foundation of the Pittsburgh Penguins, and he is the heart of team. He leads the Penguins as no other captain does in the league. I think he is currently the best captain in the league and a top five captain of all-time. Crosby can do everything effectively, at a fast pace and always the right way, and that’s why he is at the top of the charts for each category. Crosby is the real G.O.A.T., and it is non-negotiable.