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Alexander Semin scored at 18:24 of overtime and the Washington Capitals rallied for a 2-1 win over the New York Rangers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference playoff series on Wednesday night.
Alexander Semin is a riddle wrapped in an enigma wrapped in a set of pads and a Capitals jersey. And that's exactly how he likes it.
It's scary how young the Capitals still are. They've been good for four seasons now - good enough to win four straight Southeast Division titles, good enough to earn the first seed in the playoffs the past two years. Yet you scan their roster and you count 10 players - none older than 25 - who have helped them get where they are.
Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist is easily the Rangers' best player and is known for his vision - just about any shots he sees he's able to stop. "We just gotta ... get the puck to the net and get guys there and win the battles in front of the net," Caps center Marcus Johansson said. Putting traffic in front of Lundqvist is the way the Caps might be able to get to him. All-time, King Henrik is 11-6-2 against Washington.
The real season is almost here as the Capitals try to put last year's playoff flameout in the past. But before it all gets under way Wednesday night, the Washington Times' Stephen Whyno hands out some invisible hardware.
Even in a season that has featured its share of ups and downs, two scores stick out for the Capitals - 7-0 and 6-0. Both are losses, and both came at the hands of the New York Rangers.
Nothing came easy for the Capitals this season. Maybe that's a good thing. Maybe they needed to be cuffed around a bit - to lose eight straight games, to have their coach call them "prima donna perfect" on national television. In hockey, after all, especially playoff hockey, gritty tends to win out over pretty.
Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Brett Hull, Mike Bossy, Jari Kurri and Teemu Selanne. Those are the only players in NHL history to reach 300 goals faster than the Capitals' Alex Ovechkin, who did so Tuesday night.
With two games left in the season, the Capitals were still talking about having something to play for. They do – but that didn’t mean Jason Arnott and Scott Hannan couldn’t get the night off, along with the banged-up Alexander Semin.