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Washington Capitals Photos

  1. WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 11: Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals celebrates with Nicklas Backstrom #19 and Chandler Stephenson #18 after scoring a goal in the first period against the Detroit Red Wings at Capital One Arena on December 11, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/NHLI via Getty Images)

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    WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 11: Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals celebrates after scoring his third goal of the game for a hat trick in the third period against the Detroit Red Wings at Capital One Arena on December 11, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/NHLI via Getty Images)

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  2. WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 11: Evgeny Kuznetsov #92 of the Washington Capitals skates with the puck against Dylan Larkin #71 of the Detroit Red Wings in the third period at Capital One Arena on December 11, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/NHLI via Getty Images)

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    WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 11: T.J. Oshie #77 of the Washington Capitals skates with the puck in the third period against the Detroit Red Wings at Capital One Arena on December 11, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/NHLI via Getty Images)

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  3. WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 11: Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals celebrates with his teammates Christian Djoos #29 and Nicklas Backstrom #19 after scoring his third goal of the game for a hat trick in the third period against the Detroit Red Wings at Capital One Arena on December 11, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/NHLI via Getty Images)

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    Detroit Red Wings right wing Luke Witkowski (28) defends against Washington Capitals right wing Dmitrij Jaskin (23), from Russia, in the second period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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  4. WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 11: Dylan Larkin #71 of the Detroit Red Wings and Evgeny Kuznetsov #92 of the Washington Capitals battle for the puck in the second period at Capital One Arena on December 11, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/NHLI via Getty Images)

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    WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 11: T.J. Oshie #77 of the Washington Capitals celebrates with Alex Ovechkin #8 after scoring a goal in the second period against the Detroit Red Wings at Capital One Arena on December 11, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/NHLI via Getty Images)

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  5. WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 11: Dylan Larkin #71 of the Detroit Red Wings skates with the puck against Evgeny Kuznetsov #92 of the Washington Capitals in the second period at Capital One Arena on December 11, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/NHLI via Getty Images)

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    WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 11: Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals celebrates after scoring his second goal of the game in the second period against the Detroit Red Wings at Capital One Arena on December 11, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/NHLI via Getty Images)

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