Wharnsby: Stories from the rink

A matchup featuring a pair of NHL captains will take place in Washington on Sunday, with the Capitals' Alex Ovechkin clashing with Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby in what many hope is a prelude to a showdown at the upcoming Vancouver Olympics.

There should be some compelling sports television on Sunday and we're talking about more than the Indianapolis Colts-New Orleans Saints Super Bowl tilt from Miami.

Earlier in the day, a matchup featuring a pair of NHL captains will take place in Washington, with the Capitals' Alex Ovechkin clashing with Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby in what many hope is a prelude to a showdown at the upcoming Vancouver Olympics.

Friends off the ice at the annual NHL awards ceremony and all-star games, Ovechkin and Crosby are the fiercest of rivals when the games count in the standings.

Below, CBC's senior hockey writer Tim Wharnsby highlights each of their accomplishments, some of their more memorable battles and other interesting news from the ice.