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Photo by: Alex Brandon

San Jose Sharks defenseman Matt Irwin (52), defenseman Dan Boyle (22), right wing Brent Burns (88) and goalie Antti Niemi (31), from Finland, defend on a shot by Washington Capitals center Brooks Laich during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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