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Capitals forward Matt Hendricks (holding banner) spent time with troops at Manas in Kyrgyzstan as part of a USO Tour. Hendricks’ participation was the result of his wife’s involvement with an organization that aids military families. (Photo courtesy Matt Hendricks)

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Capitals forward Matt Hendricks (holding banner) spent time with troops at Manas in Kyrgyzstan as part of a USO Tour. Hendricks’ participation was the result of his wife’s involvement with an organization that aids military families. (Photo courtesy Matt Hendricks)

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Capitals forward Matt Hendricks shakes hands with Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in front of Air Force Two. (Photo courtesy Matt Hendricks)

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Capitals forward Matt Hendricks and Nationals pitcher Ross Detwiler on stage for a USO show on the USS John C. Stennis. (Photo courtesy Matt Hendricks)

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Matt Hendricks (right) called landing on an aircraft carrier in Bahrain one of his favorite parts of the USO Tour he went on. (Photo courtesy Matt Hendricks)

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Matt Hendricks checks out a "Warthog" jet fighter during his USO Tour. (Photo courtesy Matt Hendricks)

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Capitals forward Matt Hendricks (center, holding banner) and Nationals pitchers Craig Stammen and Ross Detwiler, pose with troops at the transit center in Manas, Kyrgyzstan during their USO Tour in December. (Photo courtesy Matt Hendricks)

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Left to right: Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70), left, Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) Washington Capitals left wing Troy Brouwer (20), and Washington Capitals left wing Matt Hendricks (26) get ready for play to continue 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 left wing Matt Hendricks (26) gets upended by New York Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto (4), right, in front of the goal in the first 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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Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas (30) moves to the puck against Washington Capitals left wing Matt Hendricks (26) during the second period of Game 6 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series, Sunday, April 22, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) blocks a shot by New York Rangers right wing Marian Gaborik (10) as Capitals left wing Matt Hendricks (26) defends and defenseman John Carlson (74) watches during the second period of Game 5 the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs Eastern Conference semifinals at Madison Square Garden in New York, Monday, May 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

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Washington Capitals' Jason Chimera, top, joins teammates to celebrate a goal by Matt Hendricks against the Boston Bruins during the first period of Game 7 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series, in Boston on Wednesday, April 25, 2012. AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

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Washington Capitals defenseman Dennis Wideman and Matt Hendricks scuffle with Boston Bruins left wing Milan Lucic during the third period of Game 3 of the first-round playoff series, Monday, April 16, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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Washington Capitals defenseman Dennis Wideman and Matt Hendricks scuffle with Boston Bruins left wing Milan Lucic during the third period of Game 3 of the first-round playoff series, Monday, April 16, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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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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Florida Panthers right wing Kris Versteeg (32), left, and Washington Capitals left wing Matt Hendricks (26) get physical in the 1st period as the Washington Capitals take on the Florida Panthers in National Hockey League hockey at the Verizon Center, Washington, D.C., Thursday, April 5, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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**FILE** Washington Capitals forward Matt Hendricks (26) makes the first goal in a shootout against Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Dwayne Roloson in the Capitals' 6-5 home win on Oct. 10, 2011. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Washington Capitals left wing Matt Hendricks slugged it out with Montreal's Rene Bourque on Jan. 18, retribution for Bourque's hit on Nicklas Backstrom that left the Capitals center with a concussion. (Associated Press)

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Montreal Canadiens left wing Rene Bourque trades punches with Washington Capitals left wing Matt Hendricks during a first-period fight Wednesday, Jan.18, 2012, in Montreal. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Tom Boland)

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Left wing Matt Hendricks and the Capitals largely have avoided crash landings at home, but it's a different story when Washington plays away from Verizon Center. (Associated Press)