I don't think it's as clear cut as you guys are making it seem.
1. In five on five play: Crosby has 427 assists to Ovechkin's 358. Meaning Crosby assists roughly 17% more often than Ovechkin. Conversely Oveckin scored 365 goals to Crosby's 238, for a difference of roughly 35%. So Ovechkin's a 35% better scorer and Crosby's a 17% better passer.
2. Power play: Assists (Crosby 186, Ovechkin 151) so again Crosby's a roughly 19% better PP passer. Goals (Ovechkin 125, Crosby 70) so Ovechkin's a 46% better scorer on the PP.
3. Ovechkin averages more ice time and has played more games. So he's more durable and less prone to injury.
4. Neither have played significant PK time, and neither have been recognized in any way for their defensive play.
5. Ovechkin is more clutch, having more than twice as many game winning goals.
6. Ovechkin has taken fewer penalties in over 100 more games.
7. Ovechkin hits more, has fewer giveaways, more takeaways. Crosby has slightly more blocked shots and is obviously better at faceoffs.
8. Ovechkin is dirtier in the sense that he questionably hits people a lot. Crosby dives more and is known for cross checking. So I'd say it's a wash.
So in summary, Crosby passes better (but less than 20% better) while Ovechkin scores better (over 35% better). Ovechkin plays much more often in both games played and time one ice. Ovechkin hits more, takes the puck away more, and turns it over less. Crosby is better in the faceoff circle and has a marginal leg up in blocked shots. Neither is notable for their defense (except that Crosby has fewer take aways), and neither is any dirtier than the other guy.
Can't believe this is really serious, your cherry picking and leaving out facts is fascinating to me
1. Crosby scores more points than Ovechkin, by a pretty significant margin. Therefore he is a better point producer than Ovechkin. Goals are indeed more valuable, but if you are saying .62 goals per game to .51 goals per game is worth more than 1.41 points per game to 1.22 points per game, I have to question that logic, because it's just nonsensical.
2. Fair enough, Ovechkin is a better powerplay player.
3. Yep more durable, no question about it. We'll see how the rest of his career goes, personally I think Crosby's game can carry on well into his 30's, while Ovechkin's might diminish more as goal scorers usually age quicker. But Crosby has had injury issues with concussions, so who knows.
4. Completely wrong, Crosby plays SH, not a lot by any means, but he's out there on 5v3's this year now that Staal is gone (54 seconds a game). Ovechkin has never been on the penalty kill(5 seconds a game). You are conviently leaving out the biggest difference, Crosby plays a center. I don't know why you don't think this is a big deal, but being a center in the NHL means you have to cover guys down low in your zone, you have to win face-offs, you usually have to be behind on odd man rushes. Wingers have much less responsbility, and while Crosby is no Selke, he's far removed from his days of being a liability. If you watch his game he is actually a very effective defensive player, and Ovechkin floats around the blue line.
5. More clutch? or better goal scorer. Think that's a flawed outlook personally. If Crosby assists on a game winning goal I'd say that should be counted no?
Or how about we compare playoffs? Because that's the clutchest time of the year right? Crosby = 33 goals and 57 assists for 90 points in 68 games, Ovechkin has 30 goals and 29 assists for 59 points in 51 games. 1.15 per game to 1.32 per game. That looks to me like Crosby is pretty clutch in the most important time of the year no? He also had that nice game winning goal in the Gold Medal game, and was the youngest NHL captain to win a Stanley Cup. I don't see how any of this makes Crosby less clutch than Ovechkin, but maybe I'm just biased?
6. Ok this year in 40 games Ovechkin has 15 minors, and Crosby in 36 games he has 8 minors. Did Crosby use to take a lot more penalities? Yep, he was bad in that department, but over the years he's gotten better. Going down each year from .99, to .88, to .76, to .64, to .44 this year. While Ovechkin's goes from .71, to 1.24, to .52, to 33, to .75 this year. To me I'd say Crosby has the advantage here because you can see the progess he's made in that department. Also I'd like to think getting a suspension for a few games should hurt this attribute no?
7. Giveaways and takeaways are a pretty flawed statistic, each rink is different. Crosby also controls the puck more more than Ovechkin does, as Ovechkin usually shoots the puck immediately. Not to mention Ovechkin is sent in on the forecheck more than Crosby because *gasp* he's a winger. So more opportunity for takeaways. I guess Patrick Kane is better than Zetterberg defensively because he has more takeaways right?
8. I don't see how a player that injuries people is a wash with a player that dives or cross checks. I'm sorry, I'm at a loss here.
Crosby plays the center position which has more defensive responsibility, and he scores more points. Therefore he is the better player right now. When Ovechkin gets back to his 07-10 form then there can be a good debate.