Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals were drafted into the NHL at a time when the league was looking for young stars to help boost a sport that had been debilitated following a season-long lockout.

Eleven seasons later, Crosby and Ovechkin are two of the most recognizable faces in the game. Their rivalry has hit a new crescendo as they face off for the second time in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

It’s difficult to compare the two stars because Crosby is a center and Ovechkin is a winger. While Crosby is the playmaker and has a history of creating goals in a more efficient manner, Ovechkin has been healthier and is the better pure goal scorer.’s Andre Khatchaturian dives into the analytics and tries to determine which player has been more valuable in the video above.

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