NEW YORK - APRIL 26: Nikolai Zherdev #13 of the New York Rangers falls to the ice against David Steckel #39 and Boyd Gordon #15 of the Washington Capitals during Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 26, 2009 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. (Photo by Scott Levy/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