**FILE** Washington Capitals' Martin Erat talks with reporters at the Kettler Iceplex in Arlington, Va., Wednesday, May 15, 2013. The Capitals were eliminated in the first round of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs by the New York Rangers. The Capitals have had six consecutive playoff appearances and have failed to get past the second round. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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**FILE** Washington Capitals' Martin Erat talks with reporters at the Kettler Iceplex in Arlington, Va., Wednesday, May 15, 2013. The Capitals were eliminated in the first round of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs by the New York Rangers. The Capitals have had six consecutive playoff appearances and have failed to get past the second round. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)