Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 11/23/05 at 11:23 AM ET
If the future of the NHL is a coin, one side bears the face of Sidney Crosby, the other bears the likeness of Alexander Ovechkin. And a shiny coin it is, tossed for the first time before the NHL world Tuesday night. That it came up Crosby as the Penguins edged Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals 5-4, will ultimately be more trivia fodder than defining moment for either player. But in terms of a taste of what lies ahead, the first NHL meeting between the rookie titans exceeded the considerable hype that preceded it. "It's exciting considering where we've been in the NHL," said Pittsburgh head coach Ed Olczyk, referring to last year's lockout. "It's something that was real special and a lot of people were talking about it."
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