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FILE - This Feb. 6, 2014 file photo shows Washington Capitals head coach Adam Oates on the bench in the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Winnipeg Jets, in Washington. Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals are fading. Ovechkin has gone without a point in the last four games, and his team has lost five of its past six to drop to 10th in the Eastern Conference. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

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Montreal Canadiens goalie Jaroslav Halak (41), of Slovakia, shakes hands with Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), of Russia, after the Canadiens eliminated the Capitals from the NHL hockey playoffs with a 2-1 win Wednesday, April 28, 2010, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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Montreal Canadiens goalie Jaroslav Halak, of Slovakia, celebrates the team's 2-1 win as Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), of Russia, skates off after Game 7 of the NHL hockey playoff series, Wednesday, April 28, 2010, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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Montreal Canadiens goalie Jaroslav Halak (41), of Slovakia, shakes hands with Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), of Russia, after the Canadiens eliminated the Capitals from the NHL hockey playoffs with a 2-1 win Wednesday, April 28, 2010, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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Washington Capitals right wing Alex Ovechkin, left, kneels on the ice as Philadelphia Flyers right wing Adam Hall, center, celebrates his goal with defenseman Braydon Coburn during the first period of an NHL hockey game on Sunday, March 2, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

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Washington Capitals right wing Alex Ovechkin, left, kneels on the ice as Philadelphia Flyers right wing Adam Hall, center, celebrates his goal with defenseman Braydon Coburn during the first period of an NHL hockey game on Sunday, March 2, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

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Washington Capitals' Alex Ovechkin (8) celebrates his goal in the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Boston Bruins in Boston, Saturday, March 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

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Washington Capitals' Alex Ovechkin (8) and Nicklas Backstrom (19) celebrate a goal against the Edmonton Oilers during third period NHL hockey action in Edmonton, Alta., on Thursday Oct. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jason Franson)

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Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin, left, and center Nicklas Backstrom do sprints during a Capitals hockey practice, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin, left, and center Nicklas Backstrom work out during a Capitals hockey practice, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va. Ovechkin's father had heart surgery, and Backstrom missed the gold medal game because of a failed doping test. Both players are back from an eventful Olympics. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin, left, and center Nicklas Backstrom do sprints during a Capitals hockey practice, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)