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The Washington Capitals celebrate a first period goal by left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) during Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals during the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Wednesday, May 13, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

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Alex Ovechkin's declaration that the Capitals would win Game 7 comes after the forward has been held scoreless in the past four games. (Associated Press)

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New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi (5) battles for the puck against Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), from Russia, during the first period of Game 6 in the second round of the NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoffs, Sunday, May 10, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) adjusts his helmet during a break in play against the New York Rangers during the first period of Game 2 in the second round of the NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoffs Saturday, May 2, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

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Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) shoots against New York Rangers defenseman Dan Boyle (22) to score a goal during the first period of Game 1 in the second round of the NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoffs Thursday, April 30, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

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Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) moves the puck up the ice against New York Islanders center Casey Cizikas (53) during the first period of Game 6 in the first round of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs, Saturday, April 25, 2015, in Uniondale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

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Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) wrestles New York Islanders right wing Kyle Okposo (21) to the ice as Capitals left wing Marcus Johansson (90) and defenseman John Carlson (74) look on at the end of Game 6 in the first round of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs, Saturday, April 25, 2015, in Uniondale, N.Y. The Islanders won 3-1 to even the best-of-seven games series at 3-3. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

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New York Islanders' Nikolay Kulemin, left, tries to get the puck away from Washington Capitals' Alex Ovechkin during the first period of Game 3 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Uniondale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

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Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), from Russia, shoots past New York Islanders defenseman Brian Strait (37) during the first period of Game 1 of a first-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs series, Wednesday, April 15, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), of Russia, celebrates his goal against the Carolina Hurricanes during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, March 31, 2015, in Washington. It was Ovechkins' 50th goal of the year. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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Maria Kirilenko (Washington Capitals' Alexander Ovechkin), of Russia, reacts after winning a point against Maria Sharapova, of Russia, during the opening round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

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Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin, who took part in All-Star Game festivities and was not granted the five-day break, was the only player permitted to take Monday off. (Associated Press)

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Flyers defenseman Andrew MacDonald (47) trips Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin in the third period of Sunday's game. MacDonald received a penalty on the play.

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Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), from Russia, celebrates his goal in the second period of an NHL hockey game against the St. Louis Blues, Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin, second from left, from Russia, celebrates his goal with center Nicklas Backstrom, left, from Sweden, and right wing Tom Wilson, with New York Islanders goalie Chad Johnson (30) nearby in the second period of an NHL hockey game, Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin, left, of Russia, celebrates a goal by teammate Nicklas Backstrom (19), of Sweden, during the first period of an NHL hockey game as Calgary Flames Ladislav Smid (15) looks on, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, in Washington. Ovechkin had an assist on the goal which made him the Capitals all-time franchise points leader. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin, of Russia, celebrates his second goal of the first period during an NHL hockey game against the Boston Bruins in Boston, Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

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Washington Capitals right wing Alex Ovechkin (8), from Russia, has his shot deflected by Carolina Hurricanes defenseman John-Michael Liles (26) in the first period of a preseason NHL hockey game, Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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Washington Capitals Senior Vice President and General Manager Brian MacLellan, right, speaks with Washington Capitals Captain Alex Ovechkin, center, Center Nicklas Backstrom, left, and Goaltender Braden Holtby, second from right, speak together following a press conference announcing the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic held at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, September 23, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Washington Capitals Captain Alex Ovechkin, left, Center Nicklas Backstrom, right, wear their specially designed jerseys for the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic held at Nationals Park as they speak to members of the media following a press conference, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, September 23, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)