While it's uncertain if Alexander Semin will play a game on the fourth line or if his demotion in Sunday's practice was simply a wakeup call for the winger, Coach Dale Hunter made it clear that he doesn't want the Capitals taking retaliatory penalties. Semin was whistled for two minor penalties in Game 1: a slash in the first period that negated a Washington power play and a trip in the third period as the visitors tried to build momentum in a then-tied contest. Hunter attributed the trip to Semin trying to play the puck and hitting a skate instead but as for the slash, which was drawn by Rangers captain Ryan Callahan, the coach said the Russian winger didn't control his reaction to being cross checked earlier on the play.
Dale Hunter on Alexander Semin's penalties: 'You have to be smart on the ice'
Washington Post | Apr 30