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Crosby-Ovie conjures epic showdowns

Updated: May 1, 2009, 3:57 PM ET
By David Schoenfield | Page 2

Alex Ovechkin. Sidney Crosby. Hockey fans (and NHL executives) are getting their dream showdown as the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins face off in an Eastern Conference semifinal series that begins Saturday.

In NHL circles, having the two faces of the league meet is a scenario sure to provide added publicity, higher ratings and a hockey fan's full attention. Wayne Gretzky never played Mario Lemieux in a playoff series. The Islanders of the early 1980s and the Canadiens of the ...

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