April 2, 2012; Tampa FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) react after he scored a goal against the Washington Capitals during the third period at Tampa Bay Times Forum. Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Washington Capitals 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE
The Washington Capitals celebrate after center Jay Beagle scored a goal against Montreal Canadiens goalie Peter Budaj (30) during the first period of an NHL hockey game on Saturday, March 31, 2012 in Washington.
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 31: Jay Beagle #83 of the Washington Capitals celebrates with teammates after scoring in the first period against the Montreal Canadiens at the Verizon Center on March 31, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - MARCH 29: Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals celebrates a goal against the Boston Bruins at the TD Garden on March 29, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - MARCH 29: Alex Ovechkin #8, Marcus Johansson #90 and Dennis Wideman #6 of the Washington Capitals celebrate a goal against the Boston Bruins at the TD Garden on March 29, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)
February 9, 2012; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) celebrates after scoring a goal against the Winnipeg Jets in the third period at Verizon Center. The Jets won 3-2 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE
Washington Capitals’ Roman Hamrlik (44), of the Czech Republic, Alex Ovechkin (8), of Russia, and Troy Brouwer (20) celebrate after a goal by Ovechkin in the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Philadelphia Flyers, Thursday, March 22, 2012, in Philadelphia.
Washington Capitals’ Matt Hendricks (26) celebrates scoring the winning goal with teammate Brooks Laich (21) to end the shootout as New York Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov (20) skates off the ice in the background in an NHL hockey game at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y., Tuesday, March 13, 2012. Capitals won 5-4 in a shootout.
New York Islanders’ John Tavares (91) is congratulated by teammates Frans Nielsen (51) and Matt Moulson (26) at the bench after scoring a goal against the Washington Capitals as Capitals’ Brooks Laich (21) skates away in the second period of an NHL hockey game at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y., Tuesday, March 13, 2012.