CALGARY, AB - DECEMBER 31: Mikael Backlund #11 of the Calgary Flames faces off against Sean Couturier #14 of the Philadelphia Flyers at Scotiabank Saddledome on December 31, 2013 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Brad Watson/NHL via Getty Images)
You get the right 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