We're surprised that this moment isn't being accompanied by balloons, streamers, an NHL Network special and Gary Bettman riding on a giant float. Five years ago today Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin played their first NHL game against each other. The Pens won that game 5-4. The Penguins' goals were scored by Crosby, Ric Jackman, Lasse Pirjeta and Ziggy Palffy, who had two. Sebastien Caron was in net. What a time to be alive.
To mark this occasion, here are a couple of clips of our favorite moments in this rivalry:
In other Ovechkin news, after losing 5-0 to the Devils last night, Ovi decided it would be a good idea to laugh it up with Alex Semin and Ilya Kovalchuk while Bruce Boudreau gave a press conference.
Just another example of how Ovechkin is difficult for Boudreau to work with. Just like he was last year. Is Ovi a coach killer?