Washington Capitals centers Brooks Laich (21) and Marcus Johansson (90) battle Detroit Red Wings left wing Justin Abdelkader (right) for the puck during the third period of the Capitals' 7-1 home victory on Oct. 22, 2011. (Associated Press)

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Washington Capitals centers Brooks Laich (21) and Marcus Johansson (90) battle Detroit Red Wings left wing Justin Abdelkader (right) for the puck during the third period of the Capitals' 7-1 home victory on Oct. 22, 2011. (Associated Press)