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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 30: The Washington Capitals surround goalie Braden Holtby #70 of the Washington Capitalsas they celebrate their 3-2 win against the New York Rangers in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on April 30, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 30: The Washington Capitals surround goalie Braden Holtby #70 of the Washington Capitalsas they celebrate their 3-2 win against the New York Rangers in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on April 30, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)


BOSTON, MA - APRIL 21: Troy Brouwer #20 of the Washington Capitals (L) celebrates his game winning powerplay goal at 18:33 against 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. The Capitals defeated the Bruins 4-3. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 21: Troy Brouwer #20 of the Washington Capitals (L) celebrates his game winning powerplay goal at 18:33 against 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. The Capitals defeated the Bruins 4-3. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)


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.

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.

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.


WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 08: Ryan Malone #12 of the Tampa Bay Lightning is congratulated after scoring a second period goal against the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center on March 8, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 08: Ryan Malone #12 of the Tampa Bay Lightning is congratulated after scoring a second period goal against the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center on March 8, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)


ASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 28:  The Washington Capitals celebrate the game tying goal against the New York Islanders  at 19:34 of the third period at the Verizon Center on February 28, 2012  in Washington, DC. The Capitals defeated the Islanders 3-2 in overtime.   (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

ASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 28: The Washington Capitals celebrate the game tying goal against the New York Islanders at 19:34 of the third period at the Verizon Center on February 28, 2012 in Washington, DC. The Capitals defeated the Islanders 3-2 in overtime. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)


Washington Capitals’ Brooks Laich celebrates a Capitals goal as Ottawa  Senators’ Erik Condra (22) looks on during the third period of an NHL  hockey game in Ottawa, Ontario, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011. (AP Photo/The  Canadian Press, Fred Chartrand)

Washington Capitals’ Brooks Laich celebrates a Capitals goal as Ottawa Senators’ Erik Condra (22) looks on during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Ottawa, Ontario, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Fred Chartrand)


Buffalo Sabres’ Brayden McNabb (81) celebrates his goal with Brad Boyes  (22) and Luke Adam (72) as Washington Capitals’ Brooks Laich (21) skates  away during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Buffalo, N.Y.,  Monday, Dec. 26, 2011. The Sabres won 4-2. (AP Photo/David Duprey)

Buffalo Sabres’ Brayden McNabb (81) celebrates his goal with Brad Boyes (22) and Luke Adam (72) as Washington Capitals’ Brooks Laich (21) skates away during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Buffalo, N.Y., Monday, Dec. 26, 2011. The Sabres won 4-2. (AP Photo/David Duprey)


NEWARK, NJ - DECEMBER 23: Goalie Martin Brodeur #30 of the New Jersey Devils looks back as Jason Chimera #25 of the Washington Capitals celebrates with teammates after he scored his first of two goals during the third period of an NHL hockey game at Prudential Center on December 23, 2011 in Newark, New Jersey. Devils won 4-3 in a shootout. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

NEWARK, NJ - DECEMBER 23: Goalie Martin Brodeur #30 of the New Jersey Devils looks back as Jason Chimera #25 of the Washington Capitals celebrates with teammates after he scored his first of two goals during the third period of an NHL hockey game at Prudential Center on December 23, 2011 in Newark, New Jersey. Devils won 4-3 in a shootout. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)


Brooks Laich #21 of the Washington Capitals is  mobbed by teammates after scoring in the third period against the New  York Islanders at the Verizon Center on March 1, 2011 in Washington, DC.    (February 28, 2011 - Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images North America)

Brooks Laich #21 of the Washington Capitals is mobbed by teammates after scoring in the third period against the New York Islanders at the Verizon Center on March 1, 2011 in Washington, DC. (February 28, 2011 - Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images North America)