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Semi-Final

Sidney Crosby vs. Alex Ovechkin in international play

Team Canada forward has won three prior games heading into World Cup semifinal

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Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin will play each other in international competition for the fourth time when Team Canada and Team Russia compete in a semifinal game at the World Cup of Hockey 2016 on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; ESPN2, CBC, TVA Sports).

Team Canada went 3-0-0 in the preliminary round to win Group A. Team Russia (2-1-0) finished second in Group B and advanced to the semifinals with a 3-0 win against Team Finland on Thursday.

Crosby and Canada have gotten the best of Ovechkin and Russia since each player first competed in the same tournament, the 2004 IIHF World Junior Championship. Crosby and Ovechkin first went head-to-head in the gold-medal game at the 2005 WJC, when Crosby had an assist and Ovechkin left the game in the second period with a shoulder injury. Canada defeated Russia 6-1.

Here's a look at the history between Crosby and Ovechkin, and their countries, in international play beginning in 2004:

Video: EUR@CAN: Crosby nets wraparound to open scoring

 

2004 World Junior Championship

Canada did not play Russia

For tournament:

Crosby: 6 games, 2-3-5

Ovechkin: 6 games, 5-2-7 (tied for second in goals)

Canada won silver medal; Russia finished fifth

 

2005 WJC

Canada 6, Russia 1 (gold-medal game)

Crosby 0-1-1

Ovechkin 0-0-0 (left game in second period with shoulder injury)

For tournament:

Crosby: 6 games, 6-3-9 (fourth in goals)

Ovechkin: 6 games, 7-4-11 (tied for third in points, tied for first in goals, best forward at tournament, tournament All-Star team)

Canada won gold medal; Russia won silver medal

Video: SWE@RUS: Ovechkin puts Russia on scoreboard in 3rd

 

2006 World Championship

Canada did not play Russia

For tournament

Crosby: 9 games, 8-8-16 (first in goals, first in points, best forward at tournament, tournament all-star team

Ovechkin: 7 games, 6-3-9 (tied for second in goals, tournament All-Star team)

Canada finished fourth; Russia finished fifth

 

2010 Vancouver Olympics

Canada 7, Russia 3 (quarterfinals)

Crosby 0-0-0, 4 SOG

Ovechkin 0-0-0, 3 SOG

For tournament:

Crosby: 7 games, 4-3-7 (tied for second in goals)

Ovechkin: 4 games, 2-2-4

Canada won gold medal; Russia finished sixth

 

2014 Sochi Olympics

Canada did not play Russia

For tournament:

Crosby: 6 games, 1-2-3

Ovechkin: 5 games, 1-1-2

Canada won gold medal; Russia finished fifth

 

2015 World Championship

Canada 6, Russia 1 (gold-medal game)

Crosby: 1-1-2

Ovechkin: 0-0-0

For tournament

Crosby: 9 games, 4-7-11

Ovechkin: 2 games, 1-1-2

Canada won gold medal; Russia won silver medal

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