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Alexander Semin made it 2-1 less than an minute later. There was a scrum along the left wall during the Caps’ power play, and the puck kicked out sharply to the slot where Semin was waiting. He collected it and was all alone against Fleury, and he calmly waited out the netminder before snapping in his 22nd marker of the season.

Semin helped Fedorov make it a two-goal lead 56 seconds into the second period. He stole the puck from Jordan Staal along the right wall near the offensive blue line and slipped it to Fedorov, who ripped a slap shot past Fleury.

“They’re skilled, and they come with a strong forecheck and force mistakes,” Crosby said. “We came in here and worked hard today [but] didn’t have some things go our way.”