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Washington Capitals defenseman John Erskine (4) fights with Boston Bruins right wing Shawn Thornton (22) in the first period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, March 5, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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Washington Capitals defenseman John Erskine (4) fights with Boston Bruins right wing Shawn Thornton (22) in the first period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, March 5, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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