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Ovechkin-Malkin friendship grows cold

Updated: January 14, 2009, 1:20 PM ET
Associated Press

PITTSBURGH -- Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin are two of the world's best hockey players, fellow Russians who became millionaires by their early 20s, former Olympic team roommates and the NHL's top two scorers last season.

But the one-time friends have become cold-as-ice rivals, and their on-ice feud has grown increasingly nasty. Last season, the Pittsburgh Penguins' Malkin ducked just in time to avoid a hard drive into the boards from the Washington Capitals' Ovechkin.

The ugliness ...

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