Crosby, Ovechkin. Crosby, Ovechkin. Crosby, Ovechkin. For hockey fans worldwide, it's been a common refrain since the dynamic pair burst onto the scene four years ago, rivals from the get-go as they battled for Rookie of the Year honors, then traded MVP awards the following two seasons. Tonight, less than two hours away, the first puck will drop in what NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has waited his whole life for -- a do-or-die Game 7 showdown between Sidney Crosby's Pittsburgh Penguins and Alex Ovechkin's Washington Capitals. As a series thus far, it's been nothing short of spectacular -- from Washington's initial 2-0 series lead and the emergence of rookie keeper Simeon Varlamov, to Pittsburgh's three straight wins and the resurrection of Evgeni Malkin. But not once has the battle between Crosby, 21, and Ovechkin, 23, been overshadowed. So, in honor of what many have already labeled the game of the year
, let's take a look at the off-ice eBay competition between the two young forwards, beginning with a 30-day eBay.com search of "Sidney Crosby
Now, compare that to a similar search for "Ovechkin
Is it not a bit remarkable how close that competition is, even away from ice? Finally, for kicks, let's take a look at a 30-day "Evgeni Malkin
" search (for those who don't know, Malkin, 22, rather quietly outscored both
Crosby and Ovechkin this season, and may well take home his own MVP trophy at the awards gala in July -- needless to say, this has been lost in the hype!):
Enjoy the game, hockey fans!