DENVER - DECEMBER 11: Goaltender Antero Niittymaki #30 of the Tampa Bay Lightning makes a save with his mask off a shot from a Colorado Avalanche player at the Pepsi Center on December 11, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images)
You get the right the whistles at the right times, you can leave him out there. He's a beast when it comes to being on the ice. I thought [Saturday] he was a big man. That first period, he did that lateral cut and it was like three bowling pins bounced off him. There's not too many guys that can do that.
— Capitals coach Barry Trotz on Alex Ovechkin, who enters February tied for the NHL lead in goals