RALEIGH, NC - SEPTEMBER 25: Josh Gratton #24 of the Atlanta Thrashers punches Tom Kostopoulos #29 of the Carolina Hurricanes as they fight during the first period of an NHL preseason game at the RBC Center on September 25, 2009 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/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