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Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals reacts (Credit: Getty Images)

Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals reacts after a play against the New York Rangers at Verizon Center. (Dec. 28, 2011)

Capitals 4, Rangers 1

Alexander Semin scored a pair of goals for the Capitals in a home win.

Derek Stepan #21 of the New York Rangers
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Derek Stepan #21 of the New York Rangers collides with Joel Ward #42 of the Washington Capitals during the second period. (Dec. 28, 2011)

Artem Anisimov #42 of the New York Rangers
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Artem Anisimov #42 of the New York Rangers and John Carlson #74 of the Washington Capitals battle for the puck during the second period. (Dec. 28, 2011)

The Washington Capitals celebrate after Jeff Halpern #15
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The Washington Capitals celebrate after Jeff Halpern #15 of the Washington Capitals scored a goal against the New York Rangers during the second period. (Dec. 28, 2011)

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The Washington Capitals celebrate after Alexander Semin #28
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The Washington Capitals celebrate after Alexander Semin #28 of the Washington Capitals scored a goal against the New York Rangers during the second period. (Dec. 28, 2011)

Jeff Woywitka #6 of the New York Rangers
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Jeff Woywitka #6 of the New York Rangers and Jeff Halpern #15 of the Washington Capitals battle for the puck against the boards during the first period at Verizon Center. (Dec. 28, 2011)

Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals reacts
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Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals reacts after a play against the New York Rangers at Verizon Center. (Dec. 28, 2011)

Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals reacts
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Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals reacts after a play against the New York Rangers at Verizon Center. (Dec. 28, 2011)

Marcus Johansson #90 of the Washington Capitals scores
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Marcus Johansson #90 of the Washington Capitals scores a goal against the New York Rangers during the first period at Verizon Center. (Dec. 28, 2011)

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Washington Capitals' Matt Hendricks ( 26) lifts New
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Washington Capitals' Matt Hendricks ( 26) lifts New York Rangers' Brandon Prust (8) off the ice and away from the puck during first period. (Dec. 28, 2011)

New York Rangers' Artem Anisomov, (42) of Russia,
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New York Rangers' Artem Anisomov, (42) of Russia, is held by Washington Capitals' Karl Alzner (27) as he tries to maneuver the puck in front of Capitals' goalie Tomas Vokoun of Czech Republic, during first period of their NHL hockey game. (Dec. 28, 2011)

Marcus Johansson #90 of the Washington Capitals scores
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Marcus Johansson #90 of the Washington Capitals scores a goal against the New York Rangers during the first period. (Dec. 28, 2011)

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 28: Artem Anisimov #42
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WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 28: Artem Anisimov #42 of the New York Rangers and Joel Ward #42 of the Washington Capitals battle for the puck during the first period at Verizon Center on December 28, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

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