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That Semin’s goal came on the power play is another auspicious sign as the series heads back to Boston for Game 5 on Saturday. Semin has both of Washington’s power play goals in this series.

The Capitals are now 2-for-12 with the man advantage, while Boston hasn’t scored on any of its 12 power plays.

“The power play is a big key for us,” Ovechkin said. “We moved the puck well, I think. We had good chances, and finally it goes in.”

Semin’s recent hot streak is a bit ironic, considering his name was one of the most frequently mentioned at the trade deadline earlier this year. The polarizing winger is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

If these are his final games in a Capitals sweater, he’s providing one last reminder of his special scoring talent.

Forward Brooks Laich has seen the flashes since the 2005 season. He was asked after Thursday’s game how many players in the league could have scored such a spectacular goal.

“I don’t know,” he said. “I’m just glad we have one that can.”