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NHL sophomore standouts Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin teamed up over a week ago in the All-Star game on the Eastern Conference's starting line. But now they're back on opposite sides of the ice as Crosby's Pittsburgh Penguins host Ovechkin's Washington Capitals on Saturday in a matchup of teams heading in very different directions.

The Penguins (25-17-8) are going for their season-high sixth straight win, while the Capitals (21-24-7) are trying to break out of a slump of seven losses in nine games. Despite the stark contrast in recent results, Crosby and Ovechkin are having similarly stellar seasons.

Crosby leads the league with 57 assists and 82 points, while Ovechkin has a league-high 33 goals and has 70 points. Crosby is riding an eight-game point streak with four goals and 13 assists, helping the Penguins compile an impressive 7-0-1 mark in that span.

He has four goals and seven assists in five career games against the Capitals, with Pittsburgh going 4-1 in those games.

Ovechkin, who edged out Crosby for last season's Calder Trophy as the league's top rookie, has three goals and five assists in those matchups with the Penguins and has recorded a point in every game of 2007. His 13-game point streak is the longest in the NHL this season, and the Russian has eight goals and 12 assists during that stretch.

Ovechkin scored one goal for the East in its 12-9 loss to the West, but Crosby failed to record a point. He enjoyed playing with his contemporary, though, as both made their first appearances in the big game.

"It was nice. There's always so many comparisons. But for me, I think with my game I'm more of a playmaker and I think Alex is more of a shooter," Crosby told the team's official Web site. "It was great passing to someone like that. It would have been nice to set him up, but I couldn't get him the puck too often. Hopefully we get another crack at it and see what happens."


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Should be a beauty. :) Too bad I cant see it on TV.

I'll look forward to viewing thge highlites though.
 

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Not much happening yet, Ovechkin hit Talbot near center ice, not hard at all, and Talbot had to leave the game for a bit. This all happened in the First Period.

Right now it's 0-0 with 12:00 minutes to go in the second.
 

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Crosby, Ovechkin shut out in Penguins win

Associated Press
2/3/2007 3:57:52 PM


PITTSBURGH (AP) - Scoring stars Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin were shut out in an unexpected defensive duel, with Pittsburgh checking line forward Ronald Petrovicky scoring the pivotal goal as the Penguins won their sixth in a row by beating the Washington Capitals 2-0 Saturday.

Penguins goalie Marc Andre-Fleury turned aside 30 shots for his fourth shutout of the season and second in three games, following a 3-0 win over Florida on Tuesday. He has stopped all but four of 106 shots in his last three games.

Ovechkin's 13-game scoring streak for Washington, the NHL's longest this season, and Crosby's eight-game run ended in a game that featured excellent penalty-killing and goaltending but minimal scoring. Only two days before, both teams played in games that had a total of nine goals scored.

Crosby leads the NHL with 82 points and Ovechkin has a league-high 33 goals.

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