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More Than Just A Game

With a boatload of stories about tonight's Caps/Pens matchup, I thought I would create one more post for any future stories. I also ask KK readers to submit links in the comment section for others to read. Versus has increased their marketing ad dollar (except for hockey blogs) for this game and hopes to draw a much larger viewing audience. Ted's Take on the Caps... from Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post (reg. req.),
While surfing the Web for some sports news recently, Washington Capitals winger Alex Ovechkin was annoyed by some of the hockey headlines he encountered. "It was all, 'Ovechkin and Crosby meet again in D.C.,' " he said after yesterday's practice. "But this year it's 'Capitals and Penguins meet,' not 'Crosby and Ovechkin.' "
from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
Yes, Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin are rivals. They have been for a while now, and probably will be for the rest of their careers. They have competed mostly for individual honors and trophies so far. Someday -- maybe this season -- the stakes will be raised to a playoff berth. Perhaps to an Olympic gold medal in 2010. And, eventually, to a Stanley Cup.
from the CP via TSN,
The blood pumps a little more quickly when Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin face each other in an NHL game.
added 11:20am, from Evan Grossman of NHL.com,
The two players, known for creativity on the ice and their ability to score goals from any angle and toss passes through the smallest of cracks in the defense, for the first time admitted that games like these get their adrenaline pumping a little more than some other games on their respective schedules

added 11:42am, from USA TODAY,

Not often do you actually see a sports team owner on his hands and knees, doing his darnedest to bow to the requests of his young star.
That was the scene at the new training complex of the Washington Capitals as owner Ted Leonsis and winger Alex Ovechkin acted in an upcoming TV ad for the NHL.

read on and make sure to check out the pics…

added 12:06pm, from Darren Eliot of Sports Illustrated,

Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin meet for the first time this season after rookie campaigns that inextricably linked them as the NHL’s young saviors. Both are having extraordinary sophomore follow-ups, continuing to demonstrate that they have that certain something that makes them special. In other words, a Crosby-Ovechkin match-up is worth the hype. Not surprisingly, Versus will prominently feature both stars during tonight’s nationally televised game in Washington.

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