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ON WASHINGTON TIMES.COM: AN EXCERPT FROM IN THE ROOM
Bruce Boudreau said Alexander Semin might actually see a regular shift on the penalty kill this season. The reasons are: He is great with his stick, and it would be a way to get him a couple more minutes of ice time. Now, Boudreau will have to keep him motivated to work on the penalty kill, but it could be an interesting idea. Boudreau said he used a lot of his best forwards on the penalty kill in Hershey.
• Boudreau said Mathieu Perreault and John Carlson both earned the chance to stick around with their play in the first two preseason games, and both will be in the lineup Saturday at Boston.
• Jose Theodore had a new mask in his stall, but he said he's shipping it back because it doesn't fit right on his face. The primary color was blue, and the team's secondary logo was on the "chin" of the mask. It may not be the final cut, but it is blue on the sides and red on top with a pair of eagles above LX (his number in roman numerals) on one side just like his old one does.
— Corey Masisak
TWT FIVE: NHL SONS
In honor of Chris Bourque's excellent preseason game against the Hurricanes, here's a look at the top active sons of former players:
1. Paul Stastny — His father, Peter, defected from the Soviet Union and recorded 1,239 points in a Hall of Fame career. Paul is Joe Sakic's eventual replacement in Colorado.
2. Sam Gagner — Taken No. 6 in the 2007 draft by the Oilers, the center has an even better scoring touch than dad Dave (318 career goals).
3. Nick Foligno — A budding prospect with the Senators, Foligno's dad, Mike, enjoyed a 15-year pro career mostly with the Sabres.
4. Patrick Eaves — The Hurricanes forward is only 24, but he is well on his way to having a career longer than his dad, Mike, who starred at Wisconsin before playing in the NHL.
5. Chris Bourque — He has an uphill task to earn a roster spot with the Caps this year, but his potential gets him on the list. His father, Ray, is one of the top four defensemen of all-time.