OTTAWA - OCTOBER 10: Chris Neil #25 of the Ottawa Senators knocks pucks off the boards as part of his pre-warmup ritual prior to a game against the Atlanta Thrashers at Scotiabank Place on October 10, 2009 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/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