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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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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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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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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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Washington Capitals left wing Andre Burakovsky (65), from Austria, celebrates after his goal in the first 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 head coach Barry Trotz looks on during NHL hockey training camp, Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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Washington Capitals right wing Alex Ovechkin (8), from Russia, skates on the ice during a pause in the action in the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Sunday, April 13, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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Washington Capitals right wing Alex Ovechkin (8) takes a shot past Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

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Washington Capitals' Alex Ovechkin, right, and Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby (87) skate during the second period of the NHL Winter Classic outdoor hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011. The Capitals won 3-1. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

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Heinz Field in Pittsburgh plays host to the NHL Winter Classic outdoor hockey game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals in Pittsburgh, Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

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**FILE** Ted Leonsis, second from right, Jon Ledecky, right, and Dick Patrick, left, hold up Washington Capitals jerseys at a news conference Wednesday, May 12, 1999, at the MCI Center in Washington. Wednesday, May 12, 1999, at the MCI Center in Washington Leonsis heads an investment group, including Patrick and Ledecky, which purchased the Washington Capitals NHL team from Abe Pollin, second from left, (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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Washington Wizards basketball and Washington Capitals hockey teams owner Ted Leonsis gestures during an interview with The Associated Press in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Tim Gleason, left, defends against Washington Capitals right wing Tom Wilson during the second period of an NHL hockey game on Sunday, March 16, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

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Washington Capitals left wing Andre Burakovsky (65), of Austria, looks on during the first period an NHL preseason hockey game against the Chicago Blackhawks, Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)