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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 goalie Braden Holtby (70) celebrates a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers with Karl Alzner, center, and John Carlson, after Game 4 of a second-round NHL Stanley Cup playoff series, Saturday, May 5, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) celebrates a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers with Karl Alzner, center, and John Carlson, after Game 4 of a second-round NHL Stanley Cup playoff series, Saturday, May 5, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), center, congratulates Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson (74), right, for his goal on New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) to even the score 1-1 in the second period as the Washington Capitals take on the New York Rangers in playoff NHL hockey at the Verizon Center, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, May 2, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson (74), bottom left, celebrates his goal on New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) with his teammates Washington Capitals defenseman Roman Hamrlik (44), top center, and Washington Capitals left wing Alexander Semin (28), bottom right, to even the score 1-1 in the second period as the Washington Capitals take on the New York Rangers in playoff NHL hockey at the Verizon Center, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, May 2, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson (74), bottom left, scores on New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) to even the score 1-1 in the second period as the Washington Capitals take on the New York Rangers in playoff NHL hockey at the Verizon Center, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, May 2, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Boston Bruins center Gregory Campbell (11), left, and Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson (74) get physical after a play in the first period as the Washington Capitals take on the Boston Bruins in game four of National Hockey League first round playoff hockey at the Verizon Center, Washington, D.C., Thursday, April 19, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Boston Bruins center Gregory Campbell (11) (left) and Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson (74) get physical after a play in the first period as the Caps took on the Bruins in game four of the National Hockey League's first-round playoffs at the Verizon Center in Washington on Thursday, April 19, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Boston Bruins center Gregory Campbell (11), left, and Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson (74) get physical after a play in the first period as the Washington Capitals take on the Boston Bruins in game four of National Hockey League first round playoff hockey at the Verizon Center, Washington, D.C., Thursday, April 19, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson (74), right, has words with Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand (63), left, as Boston Bruins center David Krejci (46), steps in between them, 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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New York Rangers' Dan Girardi, left, checks Washington Capitals' John Carlson off the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game on Saturday, April 7, 2012, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

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Washington Capitals goalie Michal Neuvirth, center, of the Czech Republic, looks for a shot between teammate John Carlson, left, and Tampa Bay Lightning's Brett Connolly during the first period of an NHL hockey game Monday, April 2, 2012, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)

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Montreal Canadiens center David Desharnais, left, and Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson race up the ice during the third period of an NHL hockey game on Saturday, March 31, 2012 in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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Buffalo Sabres right wing Drew Stafford (21) celebrates his goal with teammate Marcus Foligno (82) as Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson (74) looks on during the first period, Tuesday, March 27, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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Washington Capitals' Alexander Semin (28) celebrates his goal with teammates Jason Chimera (25), John Carlson (74), Karl Alzner (27) and Mathieu Perreault (85) in the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Boston Bruins in Boston, Saturday, March 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

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**FILE** Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson (The Washington Times)

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Philadelphia Flyers right wing Jaromir Jagr (68), of the Czech Republic, gets tripped up by Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson (74) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson (74) shoves Pittsburgh Penguins left wing James Neal during the second period of an hockey game, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson has been a key member of the improved penalty kill under coach Dale Hunter. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Fred Chartrand)

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Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson (74) pushes St. Louis Blues defenseman Ian Cole (23) during the third period as the Washington Capitals take on the St. Louis Blues, Washington, DC, November 29, 2011. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)