Missed majority of 2008-09 due to recurring shoulder injury. Missed majority of 2009-10 due to hand injury and as a healthy reserve. Traded to Washigton by St. Louis for Stefan Della Rovere, July 28, 2010. Missed majority of 2010-11 as a healthy reserve.
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