PITTSBURGH (AP)—Hard to believe but, only four seasons into the career of the player once called the Next One, Sidney Crosby isn’t the face of the Penguins-Capitals playoff series.

From all that’s being written and said about the star in the other team’s uniform, it’s almost as if Crosby is just another face in the crowd.

Crosby remains the poster boy—OK, the poster Kid—for what the NHL considers to be all that’s right, good and exciting, but he isn’t the biggest name going into a series that begins Saturday in Washington. That’s Capitals showpiece Alex Ovechkin, the reigning MVP and a finalist for the award this season.

Sure, Crosby led the second-half resurgence that carried the Penguins into the Eastern Conference semifinals for the second successive spring, and he had more than 100 points for the third time. But Crosby isn’t the most valuable player on his own team—NHL scoring champion Evgeni Malkin is—and he’s one of the three finalists for the Hart Trophy that goes to the league MVP.

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