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Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Joni Pitkanen, of Finland, and Tampa Bay Lightning center Alex Killorn, left, go for the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, March 16, 2013, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)
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Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Joni Pitkanen, of Finland, and Tampa Bay Lightning center Alex Killorn, left, go for the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, March 16, 2013, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

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