The Washington Times - November 17, 2011, 03:33PM

WINNIPEG, Manitoba | Alexander Semin admitted in a conversation with reporters on Nov. 10 that his offensive production at the start of the season has not been what he would like.

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

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Since then, he was benched for over half a game and has put up no goals, no assists and a minus-1 rating. Asked about whether putting Brooks Laich on the second line was an attempt to get Semin going, Bruce Boudreau pointed to the Russian wing’s production.

“We certainly would like him to score some more,” the Caps’ coach said. “I think in a perfect world, he’s never been held to three goals at this time of the season. So I’m sure it’s all foreign to him right now.”

Semin has three goals, five assists and a minus-2 rating in 16 games. The last time he had that few goals in his first 16 games of a season was 2007-08. Here’s a look at his starts since entering the NHL:

‘11-12: 3 goals

‘10-11: 12 goals

‘09-10: 9 goals

‘08-09: 13 goals

‘07-08: 2 goals

‘06-07: 8 goals

‘03-04: 3 goals

The silver lining? After a slow, injury-plagued start to the ‘07-08 season, Semin spent Games 17, 18 and 19 scoring a goal a night.