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A fan holds a sign "We Missed You," as Karl Alzner of the Washington Capitals looks on. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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Karl Alzner and his Capitals teammates know that getting into game shape after a long layoff will be a challenge. (The Washington Times)

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Karl Alzner and his Capitals teammates know that getting into game shape after a long layoff will be a challenge. (The Washington Times)

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New York Rangers left wing Carl Hagelin (62), left, and New York Rangers right wing Marian Gaborik (10), right, sandwich Washington Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner (27) in the third period as the Washington Capitals take on the New York Rangers in game six of the NHL eastern conference playoffs semifinals at the Verizon Center, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, May 9, 2012 (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Washington Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner (27) falls on the puck in the remaining seconds in the third period as the Washington Capitals lose to the New York Rangers, 2-1, in triple overtime in playoff NHL hockey at the Verizon Center, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, May 2, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Defensemen John Carlson and Karl Alzner lead the Washington Capitals with 17 blocked shots apiece in the playoffs. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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Defensemen John Carlson and Karl Alzner lead the Washington Capitals with 17 blocked shots apiece in the playoffs. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner played the body against Bruins left wing Benoit Pouliot as they battled for the puck during Game 4. Alzner's play is a big reason seventh-seeded Washington extended Boston to seven games in their first-round series. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner angled for position against Bruins center David Krejci, a 23-goal scorer during the regular season, as they chased the puck during Game 2. Alzner had a career-best 17 points while playing all 82 games this season. (Associated Press)

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Boston Bruins left wing Benoit Pouliot (67) (right) goes over the head of Washington Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner (27) as they battle for the puck in the first period as the Caps took on the Bruins in game four of the National Hockey League's first-round playoffs at the Verizon Center in Washington on Thursday, April 19, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Boston Bruins left wing Benoit Pouliot (67), right, goes over the head of Washington Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner (27) as theybattle for the puck in the first period as the Washington Capitals take on the Boston Bruins in game four of National Hockey League first round playoff hockey at the Verizon Center, Washington, D.C., Thursday, April 19, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Washington Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner (27), top right, taunts Boston Bruins left wing Milan Lucic (17) during a scuffle in the third period as the Washington Capitals lose to the Boston Bruins in Game 3 of their first-round series, 4-3, at Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., on Monday, April 16, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Washington Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner (27), second from left, Boston Bruins left wing Milan Lucic (17), third from left, and Washington Capitals left wing Matt Hendricks (26), second from right, have to be separated during a scuffle in the third period as the Washington Capitals lose to the Boston Bruins in game three, 3-4, of National Hockey League first round playoff hockey at the Verizon Center, Washington, D.C., Monday, April 16, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner (27), shadowing the New York Islanders' David Ulstrom, said, "We're going to have to be a desperate hockey team, every single second of every game." (Associated Press)

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Washington Capitals' Alexander Semin (28) celebrates his goal with teammates Jason Chimera (25), John Carlson (74), Karl Alzner (27) and Mathieu Perreault (85) in the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Boston Bruins in Boston, Saturday, March 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

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Washington Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner (27) helps injured teammate Brooks Laich (21) off the ice during the second period of an NHL game against the Boston Bruins in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

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Karl Alzner sporting a Russia jersey in Capitals practice / Photo courtesy of Lana Gillen

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Karl Alzner wearing Russia jersey during Capitals practice / Photo courtesy Lana Gillen

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Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) celebrates his goal with teammate Karl Alzner (27) during the first period of an NHL game against the Nashville Predators, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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Penguins Sidney Crosby (87) is defended by Capitals Karl Alzner (27) and goalie Tomas Vokoun (29) as he tries to score 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)