RALEIGH, NC - OCTOBER 27: Eric Staal #12 (C) of the Carolina Hurricanes skates through teammates during their pregame warmup prior to a NHL game against the Washington Capitals on October 27, 2010 at RBC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/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