Knuble grateful for Capital asset

ROB LONGLEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:49 AM ET

WASHINGTON -- Mike Knuble has learned to recognize the signs.

When Alex Ovechkin is about to have a big night, it is apparent to all on the Washington Capitals bench and in the building.

"As a player playing against him, you just hope he gets one of those nights he wants to sleep a little," said Knuble, who had two tap-in goals thanks to his talented teammate's one-goal, four-assist performance.

"If he gets a good shot in the first minute and it goes in, the switch goes on."

It sure did last night as Ovechkin toyed with the Leafs yet again with the first quadruple-assist night of his career.

"It's a gift playing with that guy," Knuble said. "It's a privilege with the stuff he can pull off on the ice. He's so unselfish, the guys all around him get to benefit."


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