ST. LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 3: St. Louis Blues Hall of Famer Brett Hull drops a ceremonial puck for David Backes #42 of the St. Louis Blues and Shea Weber #6 of the Nashville Predators prior to an NHL game on October 3, 2013 at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Mark Buckner/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