WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 17: John Carlson #74 celebrates with Nicklas Backstrom #19 of the Washington Capitals after scoring a goal in the second period during an NHL game against the St. Louis Blues at Verizon Center on November 17, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/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