Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom celebrates his goal with teammates Alex Ovechkin and Alexander Semin during the second period against the Buffalo Sabres, Friday, Dec. 30, 2011, in Washington. The Caps won 3-1. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom celebrates his goal with teammates Alex Ovechkin and Alexander Semin during the second period against the Buffalo Sabres, Friday, Dec. 30, 2011, in Washington. The Caps won 3-1. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)