RALEIGH, NC - APRIL 23: Chad LaRose #59 of the Carolina Hurricanes is stick checked by Jesse Joensuu #6 of the New York Islanders as he wraps the puck around to the front of the net where goaltender Evgeni Nabokov #20 of the New York Islanders waits to make a save during their NHL game at PNC Arena on April 23, 2013 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/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