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Washington Capitals' Nicklas Backstrom, left, of Sweden, skates away after scoring against New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, of Sweden, do win their NHL hockey game Sunday, March 24, 2013, at Madison Square Garden in New York. The Capitals won, 3-2, in a shootout on Backstrom's goal. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
Photo by: Bill Kostroun
Washington Capitals' Nicklas Backstrom, left, of Sweden, skates away after scoring against New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, of Sweden, do win their NHL hockey game Sunday, March 24, 2013, at Madison Square Garden in New York. The Capitals won, 3-2, in a shootout on Backstrom's goal. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

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