If the Capitals and Alexander Semin are stuck together for the foreseeable future, writes Tarik El-Bashir, the Russian winger needs to conform and stop taking selfish penalties.

And if his actions — and comments — the night after he was benched are any indication, Semin may know that:

When Semin arrived at Verizon Center for the game later that night, the winger was so down in the dumps, a source said, that Boudreau did not want him to take pregame warmup for fear that he would drag down his teammates' spirits before a crucial game. (Players who are going to be scratched usually take the warmup.)