Alexander Semin's sublime skill has never been in doubt. His commitment to using it on every shift, though, has been the subject of much consternation during his tenure as a Washington Capital. But if the mercurial winger's effort in Game 1 against the New York Rangers is an indication of what's to come, the rest of the NHL should watch out. On Wednesday, the Capitals improved to 20-0-1 this season when Semin scores, after he fired a shot past Henrik Lundqvist in overtime. Semin's one-timer was so sweet, it even left the New York Rangers' all-star goalie in awe. "The shot was just a rocket," Lundqvist said. "I didn't have time to react on that one." The Capitals' 2-1 win was critical for the team's confidence after last spring's first-round collapse against Montreal. That Semin notched the winner may have been equally as important, given that his springtime struggles have come to symbolize a Washington hockey team yet to realize its potential in the postseason. Semin carried a 14-game playoffs goal drought into the Rangers series after being held to a pair of assists against the Canadiens last April (despite launching 44 shots on net) and no goals against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2009 Eastern Conference semifinals.
Alexander Semin may be a key to the Washington Capitals' playoff hopes
Washington Post | Apr 15