McDavid vs. Crosby something to savor –

PITTSBURGH — Last season, when Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid faced Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby for the first and second times, McDavid was still confirming his credentials in the NHL.

He was going to be great. He just hadn’t had the chance to be great for a full season, thanks to a broken collarbone that cost him 37 games in 2015-16 and likely the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year.

As McDavid and Crosby meet again at PPG Paints Arena on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; SN1, TVA Sports, ATTSN-PT, NHL.TV), McDavid has lived up to the hype as Crosby once did and continues to do.

It isn’t just No. 97 vs. No. 87, the Next One vs. Sid the Kid, the No. 1 pick of the 2015 NHL Draft vs. the No. 1 pick of the 2005 NHL Draft anymore. It’s the reigning scoring champion and MVP vs. the reigning goal-scoring champion and MVP of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Video: [email protected]: McDavid cashes in on the rebound

It isn’t about what might be; it’s about what is. These are the two best players in the world. The only question is who is No. 1. At the NHL Player Media Tour in New York in September, McDavid said it was Crosby. Crosby said it was McDavid.

It’s something to savor. How often will we see them go head to head at the highest level? The Oilers and Penguins play against each other twice in the regular season. McDavid is 20, Crosby 30.

“When you’re watching, you’re hoping for him to do something cool,” McDavid said Monday. “And when you’re playing against him, you’re not.”

Neither team is at its best. The Oilers are 2-5-0. The Penguins are 5-3-1, coming off a 7-1 loss at the Tampa Bay

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