Sidney Crosby and John Tavares Displaying Their Amazing Skills in Game 5 of the 2013 East Quarterfinal
Hockey fans enjoy the matchup between superstars. In 2009 East Semifinals, we had Sidney Crosby vs. Alexander Ovechkin. Crosby won the matchup in 7 games, and the hat tricks from both players in Game 2 make the hockey fans wonder for how long we will have to wait until the next one.
Thanks to hockey God for giving us a sign in the 2009 Cup Final, when John Tavares, who was going to be drafted by the New York Islanders as the first overall pick in 2009 NHL Entry Draft, met Sidney Crosby in the locker room.
Tavares, has gradually developed into a legitimate superstar over the years. This year, he carried the Islanders on his back and help the Islanders clinching the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2007, and his Islanders meet the Penguins in the East Quarterfinal.
John Tavares (left) going head-to-head against Sidney Crosby.
Through the first four games, the two teams split the series, and Tavares had a game-tying goal in Game 3 and a game-winning goal in Game 4. Crosby, despite not playing Game 1 as he recovered from a broken jaw, put on 3 goals and five assists. Yet, the best moment so far has come in Game 5, in which the two superstars exchanged unbelievable skills in a span of 1.5 minute.
12:26 into the second period, Tavares took the put, put on speed through the neutral zone, and used his sick stickhandling skill that fooled Penguins defenseman Paul Martin to create a very good scoring opportunity:
Crosby was on the bench when Tavares stick handled past Paul Martin. According to Pierre Mcguire, the NBC commentator next to the bench, Crosby wowed and marveled at Tavares unbelievable move.
Crosby wouldn’t be outdueled. Approximately 1:30 later, Crosby took a pass from Jarome Iginla, stepped on his accelerator, deked through two Islanders defenders and snapped a wrist shot past the goaltender Evgeni Nabokov:
Pierre Maguire, apparently in great joy of watching the two going after each other, appropriately stated: “When you challenge a superstar on his home ice, he’s gonna respond.”
This very night, the two gave us a show, and we have already thirsted for more.