Crosby respects fans, while Ovechkin breaks cameras

Sunday, Pittsburgh Penguins' center Sidney Crosby scored the gold medal winning goal, in Team Canada's 3-2 overtime victory over Team USA. 

This victory took place eight months after Crosby led the Penguins to a win in the Stanley Cup Finals vs. the Detroit Red Wings. Crosby and Washington Capitals' left wing Alexander Ovechkin are considered the best players in the NHL.   

Crosby, the first overall pick in the 2005 NHL Draft, has completely lived up to the hype he generated as a junior player.  He was named 2007 league MVP and led the Penguins to Stanley Cup Finals appearances in 2008 and 2009.

Ovechkin, the first overall selection of the 2004 NHL Draft, was awarded league MVP during the last two NHL campaigns. He represented his native Russia in the Vancouver Olympics.  

Currently, Ovechkin leads the league in points (goals plus assists), with Crosby placing third in that category. In addition, Ovechkin's Capitals own the best record in hockey as of today. 

On the ice, Crosby is the definition of style and ability.  His handling of the puck and feel for the game reminds many observers of the great Wayne Gretzky.  On the other hand, Ovechkin combines a tremendous skill set, with a flat out mean streak.  He takes as much pleasure in delivering a crushing hit as he does in scoring a goal.

The below pieces of video perfectly exhibit the easy going charm of Crosby and the rough and tumble attitude of Ovechkin.

The Crosby video shows him going out of his way to sign autographs for his home fans in Pittsburgh.   

The Ovechkin video chronicles him breaking a fan's camera, just a few days ago in Vancouver.