UNIONDALE, NY - MARCH 09: John Tavares #91 of the New York Islanders shoots the puck during warm-ups against the Washington Capitals wearing a St. Patrick's Day themed jersey at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on March 9, 2013 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Mike Stobe/NHLI via 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