RALEIGH, NC - DECEMBER 06: Nathan Gerbe #14 and Jordan Staal #11 of the Carolina Hurricanes react to a goal scored by #57 Tommy Wingels #57 of the San Jose Sharks who celebrates his first-period tally with Patrick Marleau #12 during their NHL game at PNC Arena on December 6, 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