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**FILE** Washington Capitals' Brooks Laich rubs his face during a news conference at the Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va., Thursday, May 5, 2011. The Capitals were swept out of the playoffs by the Tampa Bay Lightning, losing Game 4 at Tampa on Wednesday night.(AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)

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**FILE** Washington Capitals' Brooks Laich rubs his face during a news conference at the Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va., Thursday, May 5, 2011. The Capitals were swept out of the playoffs by the Tampa Bay Lightning, losing Game 4 at Tampa on Wednesday night.(AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)

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**FILE** Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson (74) celebrates with center Brooks Laich (21) after scoring a goal against the New York Rangers in the third period of Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference semifinals, at Madison Square Garden in New York, Monday, May 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

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Washington Capitals defenseman John Erskine, right, clears Tampa Bay Lightning's Cory Conacher from the front of the net during the third period of an NHL hockey game on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, in Tampa, Fla. The Capitals won 4-3. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)

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Tampa Bay Lightning's Martin St. Louis reacts at the end of an NHL hockey game as the Washington Capitals celebrate on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, in Tampa, Fla. The Capitals won 4-3. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)

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Troy Brouwer scored his team-leading seventh goal of the season in the Capitals' 4-3 victory at the Lightning on Thursday night. (Associated Press)

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Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby, left, makes a save in front of teammate Troy Brouwer (20) and Tampa Bay Lightning's Cory Conacher during the first period of an NHL hockey game on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)

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In this Monday, Feb. 22, 2010 file photo, Washington Capitals and Team Russia player Alexander Ovechkin promotes the Russian city of Sochi, site of the next winter Olympic games, during the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia. (AP photo)

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Jason Chimera (right) played 5:43 in the Capitals' victory over the Panthers on Tuesday night. (Associated Press)

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Washington Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner (27) passes past Florida Panthers center Jonathan Huberdeau (11) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013 in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

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Washington Capitals head coach Adam Oates (center) talks to captain Alex Ovechkin (left) as right wing Joel Ward (right) looks on during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Florida Panthers on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

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Florida Panthers center Jonathan Huberdeau (left) scores against Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby during the second period of an NHL hockey game on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

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Florida Panthers center Tomas Kopecky (82) and Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green (52) battle for the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

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Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) looks on during a break in the action against the Florida Panthers during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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A day after erasing a two-goal deficit to beat the Panthers, the Capitals practiced at Tampa Bay Times Forum in preparation for Thursday night's game against the Lightning. (Stephen Whyno / The Washington Times)

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Washington Capitals right wing Eric Fehr (16) scores a goal against Florida Panthers goalie Scott Clemmensen during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013 in Sunrise, Fla. The Capitals defeated the Panthers 6-5 in overtime. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

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Washington Capitals right wing Eric Fehr (16) scores a goal against Florida Panthers goalie Scott Clemmensen during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013 in Sunrise, Fla. The Capitals defeated the Panthers 6-5 in overtime. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

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Washington Capitals center Matt Hendricks, center, celebrates with teammates left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) of Russia, and center Mike Ribeiro (9) after Hendricks scored a goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Florida Panthers, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013 in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

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Washington Capitals center Matt Hendricks, center, celebrates with teammates left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) of Russia, and center Mike Ribeiro (9) after Hendricks scored a goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Florida Panthers, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013 in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

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Washington Capitals center Matt Hendricks, center, celebrates with teammates left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) of Russia, and center Mike Ribeiro (9) after Hendricks scored a goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Florida Panthers, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013 in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)