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Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom, right, celebrates a goal by teammate Troy Brouwer, center, as Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Tim Gleason skates off during the second period of an NHL hockey game on Thursday, April 11, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom, right, celebrates a goal by teammate Troy Brouwer, center, as Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Tim Gleason skates off during the second period of an NHL hockey game on Thursday, April 11, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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