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NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman talks with the media about the upcoming hockey season in Toronto on Monday Sept. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)

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Washington Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik (44) gets up off the ice in the second period of a preseason NHL hockey game against the Carolina Hurricanes, Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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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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Washington Capitals right wing Alex Ovechkin (8), from Russia, has his shot deflected by Carolina Hurricanes defenseman John-Michael Liles (26) in the first period of a preseason NHL hockey game, Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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Washington Capitals Senior Vice President and General Manager Brian MacLellan, right, speaks with Washington Capitals Captain Alex Ovechkin, center, Center Nicklas Backstrom, left, and Goaltender Braden Holtby, second from right, speak together following a press conference announcing the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic held at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, September 23, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Washington Capitals Captain Alex Ovechkin, left, Center Nicklas Backstrom, right, wear their specially designed jerseys for the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic held at Nationals Park as they speak to members of the media following a press conference, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, September 23, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Washington Capitals Chairman & Owner Ted Leonsis speaks to reporters following a press conference announcing the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic held at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, September 23, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Washington Capitals Captain Alex Ovechkin, second from right, Center Nicklas Backstrom, right, and Goaltender Braden Holtby, third from left, pose for photographs in their specially designed jerseys for the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic held at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, September 23, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Washington Capitals Captain Alex Ovechkin, second from right, Center Nicklas Backstrom, right, and Goaltender Braden Holtby, third from left, pose for photographs in their specially designed jerseys for the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic held at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, September 23, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Center Nicklas Backstrom wears a specially designed jersey for the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic held at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, September 23, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Washington Capitals Captain Alex Ovechkin, left, Center Nicklas Backstrom, right, and Goaltender Braden Holtby, second from left, show off their specially designed jerseys for the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic held at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, September 23, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Left to right: Washington Capitals Senior Vice President and General Manager Brian MacLellan, Center Nicklas Backstrom, Monumental Sports & Entertainment President Dick Patrick, Washington Capitals Captain Alex Ovechkin, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, Goaltender Braden Holtby, and Washington Capitals Chairman & Owner Ted Leonsis pose for photographs for the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic held at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, September 23, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman pauses during a press conference to watch a video showcasing the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic held at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, September 23, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman pauses during a press conference to watch a video showcasing the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic held at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, September 23, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman pauses during a press conference to watch a video showcasing the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic held at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, September 23, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman speaks during a press conference announcing the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic held at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, September 23, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Washington Capitals Chairman & Owner Ted Leonsis speaks during a press conference announcing the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic held at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, September 23, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman pauses during a press conference to watch a video showcasing the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic held at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, September 23, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Washington Capitals Captain Alex Ovechkin, right, Center Nicklas Backstrom, left, and Goaltender Braden Holtby, center, arrive wearing specially designed jerseys for the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic held at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, September 23, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Officials set up banners in the shape of a hockey rink in the center of Nationals Park for a press conference announcing the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic held at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, September 23, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)