DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 26: Valeri Nichushkin #43 of the Dallas Stars tries to keep the puck away from Dustin Byfuglien #33 of the Winnipeg Jets at the American Airlines Center on October 26, 2013 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Glenn James/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