Ovechkin, Crosby square off when Capitals meet Pnguins

Pittsburgh (29-25-6) at Washington (37-17-5) 12:30 p.m. EST

WASHINGTON (Ticker) — A year ago it was Sidney Crosby and the
Pittsburgh Penguins riding high at the top of the Eastern
Conference while Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals
teetered on the brink of obscurity. Times have changed.

Crosby and the Penguins will be in search of a rare three-game
winning streak when they face Ovechkin and the Washington
Capitals on Sunday.

Pittsburgh raced all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals last
season based around a dynamic offense that included Crosby and
fellow young star Evgeni Malkin. While those two are still
around, the Penguins have not been able to find the same magic
yet this season and would be on the outside looking in if the
season ended today.

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But after a thrilling 5-4 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers
on Saturday, things might be looking up. Crosby scored twice,
including the game-winner with 2:45 left, and Malkin added a

Crosby now has points in three consecutive games while Malkin
has one goal in each of the last three.

Ovechkin and the Capitals, who waited until the final week of
the season last year to punch their ticket to the playoffs, are
one of the top teams in the East this season.

Ovechkin leads the league with 42 goals but had a streak of 10
straight games with a point snapped on Friday in a 4-1 loss
against Colorado.

Washington won the first two meetings of the season between the
teams, including a 6-3 victory on January 14 in which Ovechkin
scored twice.