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Game Changing Influence - Sydney Crosby vs. Alex Ovechkin: Who's the Best Player in the NHL?
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Sydney Crosby vs. Alex Ovechkin: Who's the Best Player in the NHL?

Game Changing Influence

By Matthew Awrey
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H2H ROUND-4: Game Changing Influence

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Crosby vs Ovechkin head-to-head
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There is no question that Crosby is a game-changer. His mere presence in the line-up alone changes the way other teams strategize and play. As Crosby does all of the little things correctly and has a hyper elevated skill set, hockey-sense, and drive, it is extremely tough for an opposing coach to develop a game plan without requiring numerous changes to account for the Crosby effect. He is a player that falls into the ‘containment’ cliché: "very few teams are going to stop him, most will be satisfied just to contain him." That being said, I think the entire hockey world is amazed at the success the Penguins have had in his absence. Was this a result of teams underestimating the Penguins attack, aside from Crosby and Malkin?

 

As a coach, if you have to pick one player that you can bring off the bench to make something happen on a given shift, I have to believe that Ovechkin’s name would be hollered more than any other at this point in time. Simply put, he is capable of being a one man wrecking machine. A 230+ pounder with that kind of speed and agility, with silky smooth hands, the raw determination of a hungry lion chasing a meat wagon, and a tornado like ability to clear his own path to the net is certainly the definition of a game changer. In the last four years, he has finished no less than fourth in the game-winning goals category and has averaged the most points per game over the last three years. As a pure game-changer (particularly in the regular season), Ovechkin scores my vote.


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Game Changing Influence - Sydney Crosby vs. Alex Ovechkin: Who's the Best Player in the NHL?
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posted on Nov 14, 2011 at 10:06AM

Sydney Crosby vs. Alex Ovechkin: Who's the Best Player in the NHL?

Game Changing Influence

By Matthew Awrey
 

H2H ROUND-4: Game Changing Influence

H2H USER SCORE
View Official Scorecard
Crosby vs Ovechkin head-to-head
(Credit: Sidney Crosby Spotlight)

There is no question that Crosby is a game-changer. His mere presence in the line-up alone changes the way other teams strategize and play. As Crosby does all of the little things correctly and has a hyper elevated skill set, hockey-sense, and drive, it is extremely tough for an opposing coach to develop a game plan without requiring numerous changes to account for the Crosby effect. He is a player that falls into the ‘containment’ cliché: "very few teams are going to stop him, most will be satisfied just to contain him." That being said, I think the entire hockey world is amazed at the success the Penguins have had in his absence. Was this a result of teams underestimating the Penguins attack, aside from Crosby and Malkin?

 

As a coach, if you have to pick one player that you can bring off the bench to make something happen on a given shift, I have to believe that Ovechkin’s name would be hollered more than any other at this point in time. Simply put, he is capable of being a one man wrecking machine. A 230+ pounder with that kind of speed and agility, with silky smooth hands, the raw determination of a hungry lion chasing a meat wagon, and a tornado like ability to clear his own path to the net is certainly the definition of a game changer. In the last four years, he has finished no less than fourth in the game-winning goals category and has averaged the most points per game over the last three years. As a pure game-changer (particularly in the regular season), Ovechkin scores my vote.


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2 Comments So Far …

  1. Marius Marius says:
    Original Six games? That's a thing of the past. This is the Nu-NHL. For better or worse, I don't think O6 games are sotnhmieg worth marketing.For that matter, most of the divisional opponents of the Wings are "ho-hum" games as well. But in other divisions, it is pretty heated and closely contested.I don't want to count our chickens before they hatch, but I don't see a serious threat from anyone in our division to take the thrown away.In an ideal situation in my eyes, I'd like to see more matchups (at least one game each) against Eastern Conference opponents.

  2. Abimbola Abimbola says:
    Sid the Kid has a while to go before he's the gtreeast player in the world.But all I gotta say is, it's about damn time. I haven't been able to watch hockey on TV for forever been surviving on Yahoo! and Versus online broadcasts and whatever live streams I can scrounge up. Three cheers for the Jan. 1 game! No wonder Fleury was pissed when he got injured.

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