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Washington Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen (2) skates during a break in the action in the second period of a preseason NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Matt Niskanen celebrates his goal in the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Florida Panthers in Pittsburgh on Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. The Penguins won 3-1. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

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Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Matt Niskanen (2) celebrates with teammate Sidney Crosby (87) after scoring against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the third period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, in Tampa, Fla. The Penguins won the game 5-4. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

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Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Matt Niskanen celebrates his goal in the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Florida Panthers in Pittsburgh on Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. The Penguins won 3-1. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

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Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29), Rob Scuderi (4) and Matt Niskanen (2) look at the puck shot by New York Rangers' Carl Hagelin (62) for a goal during the second period of a second-round NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series Wednesday, May 7, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

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Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby, left, Evgeni Malkin, center, of Russia, and Matt Niskanen celebrate Malkin's goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the first period of Game 6 of a first-round NHL playoff hockey series Monday, April 28, 2014, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

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Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Matt Niskanen (2) celebrates with goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) after a 3-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 5 of a first-round NHL playoff hockey series in Pittsburgh, Saturday, April 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

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Columbus Blue Jackets' Cam Atkinson, left, chases Pittsburgh Penguins' Matt Niskanen during the first period of Game 4 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

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Pittsburgh Penguins' Matt Niskanen, right, cross checks Columbus Blue Jackets' RJ Umberger, center, into Nick Foligno during the second period of a first-round NHL playoff hockey game Monday, April 21, 2014, in Columbus, Ohio. Niskanen was issued a penalty for the hit. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

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Pittsburgh Penguins' Matt Niskanen (2), Sidney Crosby (87), Paul Martin (7) and Chris Kunitz (14) celebrate Martin's goal against the Winnipeg Jets during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on Thursday, April 3, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, John Woods)