Washington Capitals center Brooks Laich  checks Florida Panthers defenseman Erik Gudbranson during the first period in Sunrise, Fla., Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

Photo by: Alan Diaz

Washington Capitals center Brooks Laich checks Florida Panthers defenseman Erik Gudbranson during the first period in Sunrise, Fla., Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)