RALEIGH, NC - MARCH 05: Cody Hodgson #19 of the Buffalo Sabres battles for the puck with Jordan Staal #12 of the Carolina Hurricanes during play at PNC Arena on March 5, 2013 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
You get the right 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