Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom celebrates his goal during the first period against the Nashville Predators, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Photo by: Nick Wass

Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom celebrates his goal during the first period against the Nashville Predators, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)