Alexander Semin being slow to get up from a hit or a fall isn’t all that unusual. But on Saturday night the Russian winger took a slash to the wrist from Buffalo’s Rob Niedermayer and skated all over the ice in obvious pain.
Semin finished the game but was the only healthy skater not to take part in practice Monday morning at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington. Coach Bruce Boudreau called it a “maintenance day” but went into more specifics without being prompted.
“He’s still recovering from his injuries from the past, so it’s very similar to [Alex Ovechkin],” Boudreau said. “He needs some time off sometimes, and today was one of those days.”
“Injuries from the past” seems to indicate something earlier in the season. Groin and wrist issues have bothered Semin before.
The Caps are set to leave for Toronto on Monday afternoon, but there was no word on if Semin would play against the Maple Leafs on Tuesday night. Boudreau said “there’s a chance” he could give Semin one of the final three regular-season games off.
Since coming back from three games off, Ovechkin has looked like his old, all-world self. He scored the game-winner Saturday night and said Monday he feels “much better” than at the end of past seasons.