SAN JOSE, CA - APRIL 01: Goalkeeper Antti Niemi #31 blocks the shot knocking the rebound away from Chris Higgins #20 of the Vancouver Canucks in the first period at HP Pavilion on April 1, 2013 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/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