Frans Nielsen of the New York Islanders takes down Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals on January 19, 2009 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. The Capitals defeated the Islanders 2-1 in overtime. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/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