They just completed their second stint as teammates on the Olympic stage. They’re two of the NHL’s biggest stars. They have three Stanley Cups between them. And when Jonathan Toews and Sidney Crosby square off on Saturday night, it’ll be for the first time in a regular-season game.
While injuries have kept Toews and Crosby from opposing each other through the years, the two have nevertheless built a healthy respect for each other. Crosby said he can see what makes Toews such a special player.
“His two-way game,” Crosby said. “Offensively he’s dangerous, he’s strong on the puck and he competes every night, so he gives himself a chance to be consistent Defensively, he takes pride in that side of things. The whole (Chicago Blackhawks) group, the way they play together, you don’t win as much as they have without playing a certain way.”
Crosby wore the “C” for Team Canada at the Winter Games, with Toews wearing one of the “A”s. Each scored in the team’s 3-0 gold-medal victory against Sweden, Toews with the game-winner and Crosby’s giving Canada a 2-0 lead at one point.
For Toews, facing Crosby for the first time on Saturday night will be exciting — and challenging.
“It’s weird. I feel like it’s been a long time, and I never had the chance to play against Sidney. You can say he’s the best player in the world, really,” Toews said. “You look forward to the chance to play against him or (Evgeni) Malkin and see what they do and how they do it. Maybe experiencing it first-hand and playing with him on a team is different. But tomorrow we’ll be more worried about what he can do with the puck and be more aware.”