The Washington Times - November 10, 2011, 12:37PM

Alexander Semin spoke Thursday, addressing a range of topics from his offensive game to penalties to accountability around the team. Here’s a look at what he had to say, with the help of interpreterIgor Kleynerfrom Russian Machine Never Breaks.

On his game

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“It’s getting better. It’s not been bad and it’s getting better every day.”

On penalties

“I’m really not sure what’s going on with penalties. I’m kind of puzzled myself. I don’t know for sure if all of those penalties were really penalties or not, but it is what it is and I’m just going to try to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

(At this point, Alex Ovechkin pipes in with, “Speak English, Sasha.” Semin playfully throws a piece of tape at the captain.)

On reputation with referees

“I don’t really pay that much attention to the referees. They are what they are. I just think it’s some kind of a dark period to say so and I’m sure it will be through soon.”

On offensive frustration

“Last year I started really well and then the whole thing went [wrong]. I’m hoping maybe the bad part of the season is over for this season and the good part is just about to begin.”

On what he has to do better

“I just got to work harder, that’s all.”

On compliments from Bruce Boudreau about other parts of game

“The coach has told me that aside from scoring he has been happy with my game this year, especially with the way I’ve played on the defense. Scoring is just one component of my game and hopefully it will return.”

On summer preparations

“No, the summer’s been really pretty much the same every summer that I’ve had. I can’t really explain why this season turned out the way it’s turned out so far. It’s just the way it is. There hasn’t been any difference in my preparation during the summertime.”

On Caps accountability theme

“Actually, I think thinking about all this stuff may actually be counterproductive. We know how to play hockey. We just need to get out there and play and do what we know how to do and things will be working out all right. If you start thinking about all this stuff too much, it can actually be counterproductive.”