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Throwdown: With Sidney Crosby

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The season started much like any other. Most of the statistical prognosticators were looking at Sidney Crosby as one of the most complete players in the league, but the most dangerous scorer projected to be Alex Ovechkin.

Who could blame them for having such a view; I mean Ovechkin had out-goaled Crosby 219-132 over the first four years of their careers. He had proven time and time again that he was the most famous goal scorer in all the land and he had a loyal sea of fans rocking the red to prove it!

Of course he also had plenty of media hyping his product as the best!

“He wins games with his scoring AND his physicality. No one is better at taking over a game,” Sam Carchidi of the Philly Inquire told the Tribune Review this week.

Scott Burnside of ESPN.com, after sampling Ovechkin’s goals, told the Trib…

“The numbers are just too impressive to ignore.”

Goals are sort of Ovechkin’s thing… it is what he is known far and wide for providing the hungry masses and Crosby was comfortable with that. That is until he scratched just about everything else off of his list.

Art Ross Trophy? Check…

Hart Memorial? Check…

Lester B. Pearson? Yep…

Stanley Cup? Uh huh… got it…

Olympic Gold? Of Course…

Rocket Richard? Hmmm… no…

So it was no surprise to see Crosby sort of slither into the fray unnoticed before shouting, “Alex Ovechkin! Are you ready for a Throwdown?”

Bobby Flay

And a Flay style Throwdown is exactly what we have had this season as the two have been neck and neck at the front of the NHL goal scoring pack. Ovechkin has scored his goals in bunches, as he always does, while Crosby worked a new stick in this past summer that has him firing the puck like never before.

The Penguins captain is shooting the puck more frequently and with a ton more accuracy. That touch has him tied with Ovechkin for the league lead with 45 goals with nine games remaining in the regular season. It is also worth noting that these two have been battling in the goal scoring department all the way back to last year’s playoffs. The duo have posted 60 (Crosby) and 56 (Ovechkin) respectively leading back to last spring.

Crosby Offering the Goal Scoring Throwdown

The battle between these two virtuosos of puck will bring them to the same sheet of ice for only the  third time this season tonight in Washington.

Ovechkin has swayed the masses with his performance during  the previous two battles this season. How will tonight’s play out? No  one knows for sure, however it will go a long way towards determining the overall  winner.

We won’t know the outcome of this throwdown until the end of the regular season when they will be judged by acclaimed goal scorer, Maurice “Rocket” Richard and his Trophy that goes to the league’s leading goal getter.

Game Notes:

Evgeni Malkin will be out of the line-up this evening. He will be missing his second in a row and fourth in his last five with a bruised foot. Malkin played Saturday, but seemingly aggravated the injury in a late game spill.

Sidney Crosby has no goals and just 3 assists over the ten games that Evgeni Malkin has missed this season.

The Penguins power play is 0-32 when Geno Machino is out of the line-up.

The team has gone just 3-7 in games when 71 is out of the line-up.

Brooks Laich will also miss tonight’s contest with undisclosed facial injuries caused by the previously reported puck to the face.

Goalies for tonight are expected to be: Marc Andre Fleury for the Penguins; Jose Theodore for the Capitals.

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6 Comments

  1. Andrew Green

    March 24, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    Very funny comparison with the Bobby Flay throwdown!

  2. Walshy

    March 24, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    ok looks like I am only going to get that Flay reference if I move to the ‘Burgh…. sheesh! lol

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    Brian Metzer

    March 24, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    haha… sorry Walshy. Bobby Flay is a celebrity chef who hosts a number of shows on the Food Network. One of them is called Throwdown… in that show he travels to places in which some person has a famous dish (a guy who makes the best philly cheese steaks in Philadelphia or a wing guy in Buffalo etc) He challenges them to a throwdown making his version of the foodstuff and has local food critics etc vote on a winner.

  4. Jmw66

    March 24, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    Good stuff Metz

  5. Walshy

    March 24, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    aahhh now it makes sense! Very keen for this game, dont care what any of the Penguins players or staff say, this is a big game today. Could be a turning point in the season in a positive way. A win without the GTrain, or another lazy loss….

    Lets see what team turns up, or what Flower turns up, have you noticed that since I came home they have been very inconsistent? he he he

  6. Reality Check

    March 25, 2010 at 11:45 am

    Just to provide a reality check here, 1) the Pens power play is not 0-32 without Malkin. While it barely scores with or without Malkin, they have managed 3 goals in this time span. and Malkin has scored only ONE powerplay goal since Jan 28. NOt exactly a factor in the PP.

    2) Re sid’s points during the games when Malkin is out, You could easilty point to the number of games Malkin has gone without a goal when he and Crosby have both played (for instance the 11 game stretch between Dec 27 and Jan 14 this season) and try to suggest that Malkin is unable to score when Crosby is IN the line up. (see how silly this is?)

    As Crosby pointed out, he and Malkin do not play on the same line, so the scoring when one or the other is out has little meaning.