RALEIGH, NC - NOVEMBER 07: Eric Staal #12 of the Carolina Hurricanes and Matt Martin #17 of the New York Islanders jostle during a stoppage in play during their NHL game at PNC Arena on November 7, 2013 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/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