The Washington Times - November 6, 2008, 11:05AM

In an effort to shake things up and try to ignite the struggling offense, Bruce Boudreau has decided to put Alex Ovechkin, Sergei Fedorov and Alexander Semin together on the top line. The Russian trio had great success together when they helped their home country to a gold medal at the World Championships this summer,

The Caps have not scored more than one goal in four of the past games, a distrubing trend for a team that looked like it would score four a game with ease after the first couple weeks of the season.


“We have to move the lines around until Ifind the chemistry that is going to work,” Boudreau said. “I don’t like moving them around as much as I’ve been moving them, but eventually something is going to click and you’ll see a chemsitry and we’ll keep those lines together.”

The move could certainly help Alex Ovechkin, who has two goals (both in the same game) and five points this season. It might also help his previous linemates, Nicklas Backstrom and Viktor Kozlov, who will skate on the second line. Backstrom has zero points at even strength this season, and Kozlov has just a goal and two assists in seven contests played.

“I think these guys are really good players and it is up to them,” Boudreau said. “It doesn’t matter on a consistent basis who they’re playing against. Every best defensive unit in the league allows goals, so a lot of it is them. I know when I played if I played as well as I could, then it wasn’t really in control about who we were playing against, it was how good I was.”