News

Crosby, Ovechkin fine if NHL goes directly into the playoffs post-COVID

Crosby, Ovechkin fine if NHL goes directly into the playoffs post-COVID
Sports
Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin wouldn’t mind the NHL going right into the playoffs if the league’s able to resume the 2019-20 season in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaking on separate media teleconferences Thursday, both stars say it would be their preference to start a Stanley Cup tournament instead of contesting the final dozen or so games remaining on each team’s schedule.

The NHL, like most other professional leagues and tours, postponed its season earlier this month amid the novel coronavirus pandemic that’s crippled the economy and brought about an era of social distancing and self-isolation.

Ovechkin’s Washington Capitals sat first in the Metropolitan Division with 90 points when the season was paused March 12, while Crosby’s Pittsburgh Penguins were third with 86.

Not surprisingly, Marc Staal of the New York Rangers, whose team is just outside the playoff picture, has a different view.

The earliest the NHL could resume would be mid-May because of a recommendation by the Centers for Disease Control in the United States against events or gatherings of 50 or more people until that time.

Ending the regular season early would come with a caveat for Ovechkin — he’s currently tied for the league lead in goals at 48 with Boston Bruins winger David Pastrnak.

The eight-time Rocket Richard Trophy winner has scored at least 50 goals seven times in his career.

Ovechkin, 34, has 706 goals in his NHL career and sits 188 back of Wayne Gretzky’s all-time mark of 894.
Read more on Toronto Star
News Topics :
Similar Articles :
Sports
McDavid’s Oilers sat comfortably in a playoff spot when the NHL suspended its season earlier this month due to the COVID 19 pandemic , but unlike his contemporaries, Edmonton’s captain thinks...
Sports
Alex Ovechkin, left, leads Sidney Crosby in total career points and goals, but Crosby has the edge in points per game and, most importantly, championships. Bruce Bennett/Associated Press Tim Wharnsby...
Sports
Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin will meet in the Stanley Cup playoffs for only the second time when the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals begin their second round series on Thursday...
Sports
WASHINGTON—Because we no longer need to say there’s one remaining bauble that would complete Alex Ovechkin’s career, because we have eliminated all the “buts” and “if onlys” from his time...
Sports
Its a special moment for him, Ovechkin, who is also from Russia, said, adding that Kuznetsov would remember it for the rest of his life. That gesture captures the bond...