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Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), of Russia, loses the puck as he falls over New Jersey Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov (28), also of Russia, in the second period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, in Washington. The Devils won 3-2. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), of Russia, loses the puck as he falls over New Jersey Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov (28), also of Russia, in the second period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, in Washington. The Devils won 3-2. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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