- The Washington Times - Saturday, April 19, 2008

There will be at least one more road trip for the Washington Capitals this season.

Buoyed by a pair of power-play goals, including one by Alexander Semin with 5:27 remaining in the third period, the Caps fended off the Philadelphia flyers 3-2 and elimination from their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.

Two third-period power-play chances weren’t enough for Washington, but a third was. Semin collected a pass from Mike Green curled around at the top of the left faceoff circle and wristed a shot through a tangled mass of bodies in front for his second goal in as many games.

The goal put the Caps up 3-1, but Philadelphia’s Derian Hatcher beat Washington netminder Cristobal Huet through his legs 44 seconds later to cut the lead back to one.

Just as it happened in Game 4, tempers flared early yesterday and Semin was in the middle of it. Scottie Upshall tripped Caps defenseman Steve Eminger in front of his own net, and Semin took exception. A scrum in the corner ensued, with Upshall, Semin and John Erskine picking up penalties.

After the Caps killed off the Flyers’ power play ” and Huet erased a breakaway attempt from Danny Briere ” Washington struck first. With both Jeff Carter and Kimmo Timonen in the box, Semin hit Nicklas Backstrom along the goal line with a diagonal pass for an easy one-timer and his second goal in as many games at 7:31.

Briere’s breakaway came 4:58 into the opening period, and it would be the last shot of the period for the Flyers. The Caps finished the first 20 minutes with a 12-4 edge in shots and a 22-9 advantage in hits.

Sergei Fedorov gave the Caps a two-goal advantage early in the second. Viktor Kozlov feathered a pass to a cutting Fedorov, who backhanded a shot from the inside edge of the right faceoff circle back into the top left-hand corner of the goal.

Penalties to Shaone Morrisonn and Fedorov gave the Flyers a 5-on-3 for 20 seconds and they needed all of them. Mike Richards sent a diagonal pass to Danny Briere, who hit Vinny Prospal with a cross-crease pass for a tic-tac-toe marker at 12:36.

It was exactly two minutes after Morrisonn’s penalty, and a after an official review, one second was put back on the clock and Fedorov was sent back to the box to finish serving his infraction.

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