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Brooks Laich #21 of the Washington Capitals battles (Credit: Getty Images)

Brooks Laich #21 of the Washington Capitals battles for the puck against Dan Girardi #5 of the New York Rangers. (May 9, 2012)

Game 6: Capitals 2, Rangers 1

Marian Gaborik scored the Rangers' lone goal in a 2-1 loss to the Capitals.

New York Rangers center Derek Stepan (21) and
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New York Rangers center Derek Stepan (21) and Washington Capitals center Brooks Laich (21) battle for the puck during the first period. (May 9, 2012)

Washington Capitals center Marcus Johansson (90) and New
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Washington Capitals center Marcus Johansson (90) and New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal (18) vie for the puck in the first period. (May 9, 2012)

Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) prepares to
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Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) prepares to catch the puck as Capitals defenseman Roman Hamrlik (44) and New York Rangers right wing Ryan Callahan (24) battle in the first period. (May 9, 2012)

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New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal (18) pushes
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New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal (18) pushes Washington Capitals left wing Troy Brouwer (20) for the puck in the first period. (May 9, 2012)

Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals celebrates
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Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals celebrates with his teammates after scoring a goal against the New York Rangers. (May 9, 2012)

New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) gives
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New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) gives up a goal by Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) in the first period of Game 6. (May 9, 2012)

Nicklas Backstrom #19 of the Washington Capitals and
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Nicklas Backstrom #19 of the Washington Capitals and Stu Bickel #41 of the New York Rangers battle for the puck in Game Six. (May 9, 2012)

Alex Ovechkin #8 celebrates with Mike Green #52
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Alex Ovechkin #8 celebrates with Mike Green #52 of the Washington Capitals after scoring a goal against the New York Rangers. (May 9, 2012)

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Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals scores
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Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals scores a goal against Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers as Marcus Johansson #90 and Dan Girardi #5 battle in front of the net. (May 9, 2012)

Brooks Laich #21 of the Washington Capitals battles
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Brooks Laich #21 of the Washington Capitals battles for the puck against Dan Girardi #5 of the New York Rangers. (May 9, 2012)

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