Washington Capital superstar forward Alex Ovechkin, the reigning league MVP, is a finalist for the award again this season. Photo by John E. DeFreitas
For a guy who supposedly shies from the limelight, Sidney Crosby was as good as could be in the first Game 7 of his career. The rest of the Pittsburgh Penguins were pretty close to perfect, too. Crosby scored twice to raise his NHL-leading playoff goal total to 12, his teammates shut down his big rival, Alex Ovechkin, most of the night, and the Penguins beat the Washington Capitals 6-2 on Wednesday to reach the Eastern Conference finals for the second consecutive season.
Crosby "won't say he likes front and center, the big stage, or anything like that," Penguins forward Bill Guerin said. "But he really knows how to perform in it."
That's for sure.