This isn't the heyday of the Sidney Crosby-Alex Ovechkin rivalry between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals. That was 2009. It's 2013 and Ovechkin has no even-strength goals through the Caps' first 10 games.
Crosby said he was "a little bit" surprised by Ovechkin's slow start.
"I've watched a couple games and I think he's had some good chances and the puck hasn't gone in," Crosby said Thursday. "I think that obviously there's always expectations, there's a lot of eyes on him. There's pressure that comes with that, but I think that he's still shooting the puck well, still creating some good chances. Someone you definitely have to be aware of. I don't see that as a big problem for him. I think he's gonna generate chances and I'm sure eventually the points will come."
Crosby has four goals and 10 assists for a team-high 14 points. Ovechkin is tied for fourth on the Caps with five points (two power-play goals and three assists).
But Pittsburgh's captain isn't kicking Ovechkin while he's down.