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Washington Capitals defenseman John Erskine, right, clears Tampa Bay Lightning's Cory Conacher from the front of the net during the third period of an NHL hockey game on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, in Tampa, Fla. The Capitals won 4-3. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)

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Washington Capitals defenseman John Erskine (4) chases the puck against the Buffalo Sabres during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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Capitals defenseman John Erskine was suspended three games for elbowing Wayne Simmonds in the head. (Associated Press)

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Washington Capitals defenseman John Erskine (4) looks on during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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Washington Capitals defenseman John Erskine (4) works the puck against Buffalo Sabres left wing Tyler Ennis (63) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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Washington Capitals defenseman John Erskine (4) works the puck against Buffalo Sabres left wing Tyler Ennis (63) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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Washington Capitals defenseman John Erskine (4) chases the puck against the Buffalo Sabres during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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Washington Capitals defenseman John Erskine (4) looks on during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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Washington Capitals defenseman John Erskine (4) looks on during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (left) and defenseman John Erskine take a break during a team workout at Kettler Iceplex on Tuesday. Sunday marked the first day of training camp at Kettler, with the season opening at Tampa Bay on Saturday. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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John Erskine (4) of the Washington Capitals defends against a shot by the Boston Bruins in the second period of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Game 6 at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., Sunday, April 22, 2012. (Rod Lamkey Jr/The Washington Times)

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Capitals Tomas Vokoun (29) and John Erskine (4) watch as the Penguins score their second goal and winning goal in the third period as the Washington Capitals host the Pittsburg Penguins at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC, Thursday, December 1, 2011. The Penguins won 2-1. (Rod Lamkey Jr/ The Washington Times)

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Washington Capitals defenseman John Erskine (4) trades in a broken hockey stick during a time out in the third period as the Washington Capitals take on the St. Louis Blues, Washington, DC, November 29, 2011. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Washington Capitals defenseman John Erskine (4) trades in a broken hockey stick during a time out in the third period as the Washington Capitals take on the St. Louis Blues, Washington, DC, November 29, 2011. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Washington Capitals' Alex Ovechkin is congratulated by teammates John Erskine, Joel Ward (42), Nicklas Backstrom and Dennis Wideman after scoring a goal against New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur during the second period in Newark, N.J., Friday, Nov. 11, 2011. The Caps won 3-1 (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)

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Washington Capitals' John Erskine, Alex Ovechkin and Cody Eakin rest near the bench while playing the Dallas Stars during the 2nd period at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC. Tuesday, November 8, 2011. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)

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The return of John Erskine (above) helps the Capitals' defense while Mike Green remains sidelined with an ankle injury. (Associated Press)

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Capitals defenseman John Erskine on Tuesday night played for the first time since having shoulder surgery after last year's playoffs. (Associated Press)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Tampa Bay's Nate Thompson (44) and Adam Hall put the squeeze on Washington defenseman John Erskine in front of the Capitals' goal during Game 3 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series Tuesday night in Tampa, Fla.