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  • Washington Capitals general manager George McPhee talks with reporters at the Kettler Iceplex in Arlington, Va., Wednesday, May 15, 2013. The Capitals were eliminated in the first round of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs by the New York Rangers. The Capitals have had six consecutive playoff appearances and have failed to get past the second round. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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  • Washington Capitals center Matt Hendricks (26) looks on during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Winnipeg Jets, Tuesday, April 23, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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  • Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson (65), of Sweden, stands next to Washington Capitals center Marcus Johansson (90), of Sweden, during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, April 25, 2013, in Washington. Ottawa won 2-1 in overtime. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

    Capitals patiently await first-round playoff opponent

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    Growing up playing hockey, Matt Hendricks remembered the kind of language he would hear. It wasn't always appropriate. "Words were probably thrown around a little bit too loosely," the Washington Capitals forward said.

  • Washington Capitals head coach Adam Oates stands in the bench in the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Boston Bruins Tuesday, March 5, 2013 in Washington. The Capitals won 4-3 in overtime. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    WHYNO: Adam Oates didn't doubt Capitals

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  • Washington Capitals' Brooks Laich (21) celebrates his goal against the Winnipeg Jets during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on Friday, March 22, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, John Woods)

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  • New York Rangers' Anton Stralman (6), of Sweden, checks Washington Capitals' Matt Hendricks (26) as Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist watches during the third period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, March 24, 2013, at Madison Square Garden in New York. The Capitals won 3-2 in a shootout. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

    Capitals notes: Matt Hendricks played through scratched cornea

    Hendricks took a glove to the eye from Hurricanes forward Tim Brent as some pushing and shoving was going on. His vision was "a little disrupted" and he saw spots, but drops and a contact lens allowed him to continue about his business.

  • Colorado Avalanche defenseman Ryan O'Byrne, right, picks up a loose puck along the boards as Nashville Predators right wing Martin Erat, of the Czech Republic, covers in the second period of an NHL hockey game in Denver, Saturday, March 30, 2013. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

    Capitals' deadline decisions make goal clear: Win now

    That's why they didn't trade impending free agent center Mike Ribeiro or gritty forward Matt Hendricks. And that's why the Caps traded highly touted prospect Filip Forsberg to the Nashville Predators for top-line winger Martin Erat just before Wednesday's trade deadline.

  • Boston Bruins' Adam McQuaid, top, fights with Washington Capitals' Matt Hendricks (26) during the third period of Boston's 4-1 win in an NHL hockey game in Boston, Saturday, March 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

    Matt Hendricks' value to Capitals on rise as gloves drop

    Hendricks had six fighting majors through the Caps' first 27 games, more than the rest of his teammates combined. He fought twice Saturday at the Boston Bruins in a game that underscored how much this team needs Hendricks to answer the bell when opponents take liberties.

  • As fans look on, Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara, right, of Slovakia, checks Washington Capitals right wing Joel Ward (42) into the boards during the third period of Boston's 4-1 win in an NHL hockey game in Boston, Saturday, March 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

    Capitals bullied by Bruins in 4-1 setback

    The Capitals were bruised and battered after the whistles and between them got blown out of the building 4-1 by the Bruins. Goaded into fights and involved in a lot of pushing and shoving, they fell into the trap of playing Boston's physical style.

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