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Caps eliminate Rangers, 4-1

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New York Rangers center Brandon Dubinsky, obscured at center with no helmet, and Rangers' Marc Staal, right, scuffle with Washington Capitals center Brooks Laich, left, Alexander Semin (28) from Russia, and Jason Arnott (44) after a goal by Capitals Mike Green. (April 23, 2011) Photo Credit: AP

The Rangers lost to No. 1 seed Washington in the first round of the NHL Playoffs.
Game 1: Capitals 2, Rangers 1
Game 2: Capitals 2, Rangers 0
Game 3: Rangers 3, Capitals 2
Game 4: Capitals 4, Rangers 3 (2 OT)
Game 5: Capitals 3, Rangers 1

Washington Capitals defenseman John Erskine, center, fights with
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Washington Capitals defenseman John Erskine, center, fights with New York Rangers right wing Ruslan Fedotenko, left, of Ukraine, as linesman Steve Barton (59) tries to separate them during the third period. (April 23, 2011)

Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), of
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Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), of Russia, shakes hands with New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30), of Sweden, after the Capitals won 3-1. (April 23, 2011)

New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, left, from
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New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, left, from Sweden, makes a stop as Washington Capitals left wing Marco Sturm, from Germany, goes for the puck during the third period. (April 23, 2011)

New York Rangers react around New York Rangers
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New York Rangers react around New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30), from Sweden, after their Game 5 of a first-round NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series. (April 23, 2011)

New York Rangers left wing Brandon Dubinsky (17)
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New York Rangers left wing Brandon Dubinsky (17) reaches for the puck Washington Capitals center Matt Hendricks (26) during the third period in Game 5. (April 23, 2011)

Washington Capitals goalie Michal Neuvirth, the Czech Republic,
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Washington Capitals goalie Michal Neuvirth, the Czech Republic, stops a shot by New York Rangers center Derek Stepan during the third period. (April 23, 2011)

Fans react during the third period of the
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Fans react during the third period of the New York Rangers and the Washington Capitals Game 5 of a first-round NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series. (April 23, 2011)

Washington Capitals goalie Michal Neuvirth (30), of the
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Washington Capitals goalie Michal Neuvirth (30), of the Czech Republic, shakes hands with New York Rangers center Brian Boyle (22) after the Capitals won 3-1. (April 23, 2011)

New York Rangers center Derek Stepan (21) reacts
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New York Rangers center Derek Stepan (21) reacts after his shot was stopped by Washington Capitals goalie Michal Neuvirth during the third period in Game 5. (April 23, 2011)

Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin, far right,
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Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin, far right, of Russia, celebrates his goal with teammates including Scott Hannan (23) and Jeff Schultz (55) during the second period. (April 23, 2011)

New York Rangers left wing Sean Avery, right,
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New York Rangers left wing Sean Avery, right, scuffles with Washington Capitals center Matt Hendricks (26) during the third period in Game 5. (April 23, 2011)

Washington Capitals' Alex Ovechkin, from Russia, and Nicklas
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Washington Capitals' Alex Ovechkin, from Russia, and Nicklas Backstrom, from Sweden, celebrate Ovechkin's goal during the second period in Game 5 of a first-round NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series with the New York Rangers. (April 23, 2011)

Washington Capitals goalie Michal Neuvirth (30) of the
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Washington Capitals goalie Michal Neuvirth (30) of the Czech Republic, stops the puck against New York Rangers left wing Sean Avery (16) during the second period in Game 5 of a first-round NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series. (April 23, 2011)

New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, right, of
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New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, right, of Sweden, leans to stop the puck against Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom (19), also of Sweden, during the first period. (April 23, 2011)

New York Rangers center Brandon Dubinsky, obscured at
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New York Rangers center Brandon Dubinsky, obscured at center with no helmet, and Rangers' Marc Staal, right, scuffle with Washington Capitals center Brooks Laich, left, Alexander Semin (28) from Russia, and Jason Arnott (44) after a goal by Capitals Mike Green. (April 23, 2011)

New York Rangers center Chris Drury, center, and
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New York Rangers center Chris Drury, center, and defenseman Dan Girardi (5), scuffle with Washington Capitals center Brooks Laich after a goal by Capitals Mike Green. (April 23, 2011)

New York Rangers center Vinny Prospal, from the
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New York Rangers center Vinny Prospal, from the Czech Republic looks to shoot past Washington Capitals goalie Michal Neuvirth, from the Czech Republic, during the second period in Game 5. (April 23, 2011)

Marco Sturm #18 of the Washington Capitals takes
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Marco Sturm #18 of the Washington Capitals takes a shot on goal against Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. (April 23, 2011)

Jason Arnott #44 of the Washington Capitals celebrates
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Jason Arnott #44 of the Washington Capitals celebrates the Caps first goal of the game against the New York Rangers in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. (April 23, 2011)

New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, from Sweden,
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New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, from Sweden, deflects the puck as Washington Capitals center Brooks Laich keeps an eye on it, with Rangers Marc Staal (18), during the first period in Game 5 of a first-round NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series. (April 23, 2011)

Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green, right, celebrates his
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Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green, right, celebrates his goal with Alex Ovechkin (8), of Russia, during the first period in Game 5 of a first-round NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series. (April 23, 2011)

A fan of the Washington Capitals receives a
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A fan of the Washington Capitals receives a cheer card prior to the game against the New York Rangers in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. (April 23, 2011)

Jason Chimera #25 of the Washington Capitals celebrates
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Jason Chimera #25 of the Washington Capitals celebrates his overtime goal against the New York Rangers with his teammates during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. (April 20, 2011)

Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers
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Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers looks on after surrendering the overtime goal against the Washington Capitals during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. (April 20, 2011)

6) RANGERS BLOW THREE-GOAL LEAD VS. CAPS Apr.
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6) RANGERS BLOW THREE-GOAL LEAD VS. CAPS
Apr. 17, 2011 - Game 4 of Eastern Conference quarterfinals
Down 2-1 in the series, the gritty Rangers shot out to a three-goal lead in Game 4 as the second period ended. Garden fans, responding to criticism from Washington coach Bruce Boudreau, chanted "CAN YOU HEAR US?" The Rangers put a major scare in the Caps. But then Washington scored three third-period goals to force overtime. In double overtime, the weary Rangers were overwhelmed and eventually surrendered the winner on a fluke play. Marian Gaborik chased back into his own zone and accidentally deflected the puck away from Henrik Lundqvist as the goalie was about to cover it. The Caps' Jason Chimera swooped in to score the winner, crushing any hopes of a first-round upset.

Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers
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Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers looks on after surrendering the overtime goal against the Washington Capitals during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals

Jason Chimera #25 of the Washington Capitals celebrates
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Jason Chimera #25 of the Washington Capitals celebrates his overtime goal against the New York Rangers with teammate Alex Ovechkin #8 during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. (April 20, 2011)

Jason Chimera #25 of the Washington Capitals scores
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Jason Chimera #25 of the Washington Capitals scores the overtime goal past Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. (April 20, 2011)

Alexander Semin #28 of the Washington Capitals scores
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Alexander Semin #28 of the Washington Capitals scores a third period goal past Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. (April 20, 2011)

Marcus Johansson #90 of the Washington Capitals scores
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Marcus Johansson #90 of the Washington Capitals scores a third period goal past Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. (April 20, 2011)

Marcus Johansson #90 (R) of the Washington Capitals
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Marcus Johansson #90 (R) of the Washington Capitals celebrates his second goal of the third period against the New York Rangers during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. (April 20, 2011)

Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals shoots
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Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals shoots the puck against Dan Girardi #5 of the New York Rangers during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. (April 20, 2011)

Wojtek Wolski #86 of the New York Rangers
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Wojtek Wolski #86 of the New York Rangers checks Alexander Semin #28 of the Washington Capitals during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. (April 20, 2011)

Marian Gaborik #10 of the New York Rangers
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Marian Gaborik #10 of the New York Rangers celebrates his second period goal with teammates Marc Staal #18 and Brandon Dubinsky #17 as Nicklas Backstrom #19 of the Washington Capitals looks on during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. (April 20, 2011)

Brandon Dubinsky #17 of the New York Rangers
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Brandon Dubinsky #17 of the New York Rangers celebrates his second period goal with teammates Marc Staal #18 , Marian Gaborik #10, and Dan Girardi #5 as John Carlson #74 of the Washington Capitals looks on during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. (April 20, 2011)

Brandon Dubinsky #17 of the New York Rangers
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Brandon Dubinsky #17 of the New York Rangers celebrates his second period goal against the Washington Capitals with teammates Marc Staal #18 , Marian Gaborik #10, Ruslan Fedotenko #19 and Dan Girardi #5 during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. (April 20, 2011)

Artem Anisimov #42 of the New York Rangers
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Artem Anisimov #42 of the New York Rangers celebrates his second period goal against the Washington Capitals during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. (April 20, 2011)

Artem Anisimov #42 of the New York Rangers
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Artem Anisimov #42 of the New York Rangers celebrates his second period goal against the Washington Capitals during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. (April 20, 2011)

Mike Vargetto holds up a sign in reference
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Mike Vargetto holds up a sign in reference to Washington Capitals head coach Bruce Boudreau prior to the game against the New York Rangers during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. (April 20, 2011)

Zach Blick of Syosset holds up a sign
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Zach Blick of Syosset holds up a sign in reference to Washington Capitals head coach Bruce Boudreau prior to the game against the New York Rangers during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. (April 20, 2011)

Brian Boyle #22 of the New York Rangers
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Brian Boyle #22 of the New York Rangers commits a interference penalty against Michal Neuvirth #30 of the Washington Capitals during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. (April 20, 2011)

Brian Boyle #22 of the New York Rangers
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Brian Boyle #22 of the New York Rangers commits a interference penalty against Michal Neuvirth #30 of the Washington Capitals during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. (April 20, 2011)

Brian Boyle #22 of the New York Rangers
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Brian Boyle #22 of the New York Rangers commits a interference penalty against Michal Neuvirth #30 of the Washington Capitals during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. (April 20, 2011)

Artem Anisimov #42 of the New York Rangers
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Artem Anisimov #42 of the New York Rangers tries to block a shot from Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. (April 20, 2011)

Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers
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Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers celebrates after a victory against the Washington Capitals during Game 3. (April 17, 2011)

Derek Stepan #21 of the New York Rangers
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Derek Stepan #21 of the New York Rangers celebrates after a goal against the Washington Capitals during Game 3. (April 17, 2011)

Vaclav Prospal #20 of the New York Rangers
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Vaclav Prospal #20 of the New York Rangers celebrates with teammates after he scored a third period goal against the Washington Capitals in Game 3. (April 17, 2011)

Marc Staal #18 of the New York Rangers
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Marc Staal #18 of the New York Rangers celebrates with teammates on the bench. (April 17, 2011)

The New York Rangers celebrate after Vaclav Prospal
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The New York Rangers celebrate after Vaclav Prospal #20 of the New York Rangers scored a second period goal in the third period against the Washington Capitals in Game 3. (April 17, 2011)

The New York Rangers celebrate after Vaclav Prospal
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The New York Rangers celebrate after Vaclav Prospal #20 of the New York Rangers scored a second period goal in the third period against goalie Michal Neuvirth #30 and Karl Alzner #27 of the Washington Capitals in Game 3. (April 17, 2011)

Brandon Dubinsky #17 of the New York Rangers
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Brandon Dubinsky #17 of the New York Rangers celebrates his game winning goal against the Washington Capitals in the third period in Game 3. (April 17, 2011)

New York Rangers center Brian Boyle, left, left
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New York Rangers center Brian Boyle, left, left wing Wojtek Wolski, second from right, and center Derek Stepan, (21) celebrate with center Erik Christensen, second from left, after Christensen scored against the Washington Capitals in the second period of Game 3. (April 17, 2011)

Brandon Dubinsky #17 of the New York Rangers
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Brandon Dubinsky #17 of the New York Rangers attempts to control the puck along the boards against Scott Hannan #23 of the Washington Capitals in Game 3. (April 17, 2011)

Referee Chris Rooney #5 grabs his leg after
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Referee Chris Rooney #5 grabs his leg after he was injured while the New York Rangers play against the Washington Capitals in Game 3. (April 17, 2011)

Alex Ovechkin #8 of the New York Rangers
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Alex Ovechkin #8 of the New York Rangers collides with Brian Boyle #22 of the Washington Capitals during Game 3. (April 17, 2011)

Erik Christensen #26 of the New York Rangers
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Erik Christensen #26 of the New York Rangers celebrates his second period goal against the Washington Capitals with teammate Brian Boyle #22 during Game 3. (April 17, 2011)

Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals celebrates
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Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals celebrates his second period goal against the New York Rangers during Game 3. (April 17, 2011)

Alex Ovechkin #8 of the New York Rangers
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Alex Ovechkin #8 of the New York Rangers collides with Brian Boyle #22 of the Washington Capitals during Game 3. (April 17, 2011)

Ruslan Fedotenko #19 of the New York Rangers
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Ruslan Fedotenko #19 of the New York Rangers steals the puck from Marcus Johansson #90 of the Washington Capitals during Game 3. (April 17, 2011)

Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers
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Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers makes a first period save under pressure from Marco Sturm #18 of the Washington Capitals during Game 3. (April 17, 2011)

Rangers fans cheer during Game 3 of their
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Rangers fans cheer during Game 3 of their first-round series against the Capitals on Sunday at Madison Square Garden. (Apr. 17, 2011)

Signed with St. Louis JASON ARNOTT Position: Center
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Signed with St. Louis
JASON ARNOTT
Position: Center
Last team: Washington
Age: 36
2010-11 cap hit: $4.5 million
Arnott had six points in nine games in last year's postseason, so he can still play in addition to being a good veteran presence. The young Blues, who also added former Devils teammate and captain Jamie Langenbrunner as a free agent, should benefit from both players' leadership. Both received one-year deals of about $2.8 million.

Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals and
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Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals and Chris Drury #23 of the New York Rangers battle along the boards in Game Two. (April 15, 2011)

John Erskine #4 of the Washington Capitals pushes
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John Erskine #4 of the Washington Capitals pushes Artem Anisimov #42 of the New York Rangers into the boards in Game Two. (April 15, 2011)

Bryan McCabe #28 of the New York Rangers
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Bryan McCabe #28 of the New York Rangers holds off John Erskine #4 (L) and Marco Sturm #18 (R) of the Washington Capitals in Game Two. (April 15, 2011)

Vaclav Prospal #20 of the New York Rangers
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Vaclav Prospal #20 of the New York Rangers argues a second period penalty in his game against the Washington Capitals in Game Two. (April 15, 2011)

Alex Ovechkin #8 and the Washington Capitals celebrate
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Alex Ovechkin #8 and the Washington Capitals celebrate a goal by Jason Arnott #44 (second from left) at 4:08 of the second period against the New York Rangers in Game Two. (April 15, 2011)

Jason Chimera #25 of the Washington Capitals celebrates
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Jason Chimera #25 of the Washington Capitals celebrates his goal at 2:11 of the second period against the New York Rangers in Game Two. (April 15, 2011)

The Washington Capitals celebrate a goal by Jason
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The Washington Capitals celebrate a goal by Jason Chimera #25 at 2:11 of the second period against the New York Rangers in Game Two. (April 15, 2011)

New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal, left, battles
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New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal, left, battles for the puck against Washington Capitals left wing Marco Sturm, right, of Germany, as Rangers' goalie Henrik Lundqvist, center, of Sweden, looks on during the second period in Game 2. (April 15, 2011)

Washington Capitals left wing Jason Chimera (25) celebrates
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Washington Capitals left wing Jason Chimera (25) celebrates his goal with Marcus Johansson (90), of Sweden, Scott Hannan (23) and Brooks Laich (21) during the second period in Game 2 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series. (April 15, 2011)

Ruslan Fedotenko #19 of the New York Rangers
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Ruslan Fedotenko #19 of the New York Rangers checks Mike Green #52 of the Washington Capitals into the boards in Game Two. (April 15, 2011)

Ruslan Fedotenko #19 of the New York Rangers
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Ruslan Fedotenko #19 of the New York Rangers checks Mike Green #52 of the Washington Capitals into the boards in Game Two. (April 15, 2011)

New York Rangers left wing Brandon Dubinsky (17)
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New York Rangers left wing Brandon Dubinsky (17) battles for the puck against Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom (19), of Sweden, during the second period in Game 2. (April 15, 2011)

Ruslan Fedotenko #19 of the New York Rangers
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Ruslan Fedotenko #19 of the New York Rangers dumps Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals on the opening faceoff in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. (April 15, 2011)

The Washington Capitals and the New York Rangers
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The Washington Capitals and the New York Rangers get ready for Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. (April 15, 2011)

Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals hits
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Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals hits Brandon Prust #8 of the New York Rangers in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. (April 15, 2011)

Washington Capitals center Brooks Laich (21) tries to
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Washington Capitals center Brooks Laich (21) tries to get the puck past New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, bottom left, of Sweden, and Marc Staal (18) during the first period. (April 15, 2011)

Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin, back, of
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Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin, back, of Russia, and New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal (18) collide during the first period in Game 2. (April 15, 2011)

Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals warms
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Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals warms up prior to his game against the New York Rangers in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. (April 15, 2011)

Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers
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Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers makes the first period save against the Washington Capitals in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. (April 15, 2011)

New York Rangers left wing Brandon Dubinsky (17)
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New York Rangers left wing Brandon Dubinsky (17) and Washington Capitals center Marcus Johansson (90), of Sweden, scuffle during the first period in Game 2 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series. (April 15, 2011)

Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers
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Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers makes the first period save against the Washington Capitals in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. (April 15, 2011)

Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), of
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Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), of Russia, battles for the puck against New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal (18) during the first period in Game 2. (April 15, 2011)

Washington Capitals center Brooks Laich (21) collides with
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Washington Capitals center Brooks Laich (21) collides with New York Rangers left wing Sean Avery (16) during the first period in Game 2. (April 15, 2011)

Michal Neuvirth #30 of the Washington Capitals and
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Michal Neuvirth #30 of the Washington Capitals and Marian Gaborik #10 of the New York Rangers exchange a few words during a play stoppage in the first period in Game Two. (April 15, 2011)

New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal (18) battles
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New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal (18) battles for the puck against Washington Capitals right wing Mike Knuble (22) during the second period in Game 1 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series. (April 13, 2011)

New York Rangers right wing Ruslan Fedotenko (19),
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New York Rangers right wing Ruslan Fedotenko (19), of the Ukraine, battles for the puck against Washington Capitals defenseman Scott Hannan (23) during the second period in Game 1 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series. (April 13, 2011)

Washington Capitals goalie Michal Neuwirth, from the Czech
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Washington Capitals goalie Michal Neuwirth, from the Czech Republic, keeps his eye on the puck in the second period of Game 1 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series with the New York Rangers. (April 13, 2011)

Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers
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Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers makes the save as Mike Knuble #22 of the Washington Capitals flies past him in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Verizon Center. (April 13, 2011)

Marc Staal #18 of the New York Rangers
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Marc Staal #18 of the New York Rangers stops Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Verizon Center. (April 13, 2011)

Marc Staal #18 of the New York Rangers
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Marc Staal #18 of the New York Rangers stops Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Verizon Center. (April 13, 2011)

Alexander Semin #28 of the Washington Capitals is
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Alexander Semin #28 of the Washington Capitals is stopped in the second period by Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Verizon Center. (April 13, 2011)

Ryan McDonagh #27 of the New York Rangers
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Ryan McDonagh #27 of the New York Rangers gets the stick up on Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Verizon Center. (April 13, 2011)

Michal Neuvirth #30 of the Washington Capitals stops
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Michal Neuvirth #30 of the Washington Capitals stops Marian Gaborik #10 of the New York Rangers in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. (April 13, 2011)

Nicklas Backstrom #19 of the Washington Capitals is
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Nicklas Backstrom #19 of the Washington Capitals is stopped by Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Verizon Center. (April 13, 2011)

Henrik Lundqvist #30 and Marc Staal #18 of
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Henrik Lundqvist #30 and Marc Staal #18 of the New York Rangers defend the net in the first period against the Washington Capitals in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Verizon Center. (April 13, 2011)

Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers
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Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers blocks the net as Marcus Johansson #90 of the Washington Capitals slides into him in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Verizon Center. (April 13, 2011)

Michal Neuvirth #30 of the Washington Capitals leads
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Michal Neuvirth #30 of the Washington Capitals leads his team out to face the New York Rangers in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Verizon Center. (April 13, 2011)

Jeff Schultz #55 of the Washington Capitals hits
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Jeff Schultz #55 of the Washington Capitals hits Mats Zuccarello #36 of the New York Rangers into the boards in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Verizon Center. (April 13, 2011)

Michael Sauer #38 of the New York Rangers
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Michael Sauer #38 of the New York Rangers is hit by Matt Hendricks #26 and Boyd Gordon #15 of the Washington Capitals in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Verizon Center. (April 13, 2011)

Washington Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner, left, and goalie
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Washington Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner, left, and goalie Michal Neuvirth (30) try to keep the puck away as New York Rangers center Vinny Prospal, from the Czech Republic, shoots during the first period of Game 1 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series. (April 13, 2011)

Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers
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Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers comes up with a first period save on Mike Green #52 of the Washington Capitals (not shown) in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Verizon Center. (April 13, 2011)

Fans arrive for Game One of the Eastern
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Fans arrive for Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals between the Washington Capitals and the New York Rangers at Verizon Center. (April 13, 2011)

Fans arrive for Game One of the Eastern
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Fans arrive for Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals between the Washington Capitals and the New York Rangers at Verizon Center. (April 13, 2011)

Fans arrive for Game One of the Eastern
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Fans arrive for Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals between the Washington Capitals and the New York Rangers at Verizon Center. (April 13, 2011)

Washington Capitals defenseman Jeff Schultz (55) battles for
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Washington Capitals defenseman Jeff Schultz (55) battles for the puck against New York Rangers right wing Brandon Prust (8) during the first period in Game 1 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series. (April 13, 2011)

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