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Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Dion Phaneuf, left, takes a hit from Washington Capitals forward Alexander Ovechkin (8) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Toronto on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)
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Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Dion Phaneuf, left, takes a hit from Washington Capitals forward Alexander Ovechkin (8) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Toronto on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

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