New York Rangers center Brad Richards (19) skates away as Washington Capitals celebrate around teammate Alex Ovechkin, after Ovechkin scored the winning goal in the third period of Game 2 of the NHL Eastern Conference semifinals at Madison Square Garden in New York, Monday, April 30, 2012. The Capitals defeated the Rangers 3-2.
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 21: The Washington Capitals celebrate their 4-3 victory over the Boston Bruins in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on April 21, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara (33) skates off after Washington Capitals left wing Alexander Semin scored a goal during the second period of Game 4 in a first-round NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey series on Thursday, April 19, 2012, in Washington.
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’ Nicklas Backstrom (19), Karl Alzner (27), Alex Ovechkin (8) and Jeff Schultz (55) celebrate Ovechkin’s goal against New York Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro (39) as Islanders’ Kyle Okposo (21) skates by during the first period of an NHL hockey game on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011, in Uniondale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)
Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin, center, of Russia, screams and celebrates his game-winning goal with teammates Mike Green, right, Dmitry Orlov, of Russia, second from left, and Jason Chimera (25) as Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Brett Clark (7) skates away during the overtime period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, March 8, 2012, in Washington. The Capitals won 3-2 in overtime.