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Alexander Semin named NHL's third star of the week

By Katie Carrera

With four goals and four assists in the Capitals quartet of games this past week, Alexander Semin was named the NHL's third star of the week. Semin ranks second in the NHL in goals with 13 and fourth in points with 23.

Surpassing Semin in the weekly accolade as first and second stars, respectively, are Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price, who went 3-0-0 with a 1.00 GAA and .970 save percentage this past week, and Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, who posted eight points in three games.

You can check out the league's full release here.

By Katie Carrera  | November 15, 2010; 12:49 PM ET
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Katie - my b-day morning was going great until i read the name Sidney Crosby - can't he just be referred to, here on CI, as 'the one who shall remain nameless'?

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | November 15, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse


Why is it lately that AHL coaches have been replacing Fired ones, but never NHL assistant coaches?

I would have thought it is more prestigious to be an assistant NHL coach than a head AHL coach. In most other sports don't asst. coaches normally get the nod?

Posted by: capscoach

Posted by: capscoach | November 15, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

So, since Semin is doing so well this year when does the Crosby vs Semin stuff start? The media absolutely loves to compare those two teams for some reason so I assume it will happen at some point.....or maybe Semin vs Malkin?

Posted by: PhilR | November 15, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

where is everyone today...I only have a few more minutes on my lunch break!

Posted by: capscoach | November 15, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse


After the previous Semin vs Crosby snafu, Semin has been EXTREMELY careful and some what reluctantto talk to the media. Hence his use of interpreters all the time now. Some noob posted early that he uses interpreters out of arrogance or ignorance or some kind of bs...but the truth is (and I have been told by a very reliable source) that the boy understands English just fine and speaks it better than most give him credit for.

Bottomline, I dont see the media being able to hype a Semin vs "player x" without it being totally media created with no quotes from Semin's side. The guy loves to play hockey and make people look sily, but does not seem to want to be the "face" or "voice" of an organization. Hence he fits well with the Caps where they have plenty who are willing to play that role. here, he can just play hockey and collect that paycheck.

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | November 15, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

capscoach: Good question re: head coaches. I for one have no clue.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | November 15, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Semin is the Caps 'X' factor this season.

His improved all around performance this season could be the intangible that propels Washington through the postseason.

Posted by: RoyHobbs4 | November 15, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

I don't know if you noticed this, but Alexander Semin was left off of the fan voting for the NHL All Star Game. Let's do our part as Caps Fans and type in his name in the "write-in" portion of the NHL All Star Fan Voting. Semin is an amazing talent (did you see the games last week?) and definitely deserves an All Star nod. Go to and write in a vote for Alexander Semin. Lets Go CAPS!!!

Posted by: WiseConservtv | November 15, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

he'd help himself in the league voting, if he could be heard. Maybe he should spend the summers here, and learn our language.

Posted by: Hattrik | November 15, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Hattrik: Pens fan, are ya'? Please refer to other streams regarding Semin and his ability to use the English language. If you actually watched a game or two, you'd notice Semin talking to his colleagues on the bench for prolonged periods of time. And you'll also note that not many of them have confused looks on their faces, like yours when you realize that you just missed your shift at the local quickie mart.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | November 15, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse


Raahaaahaaaa-best post of the day! Well said, my fellow Caps fan. I'm going to 7-11 right now to get a Slurpee and heap more scorn on Hattrik.

Posted by: AADCDERM | November 15, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

regarding coaches:

working as a head coach, regardless of the level of play, carries with it a unique set of responsibilities. if an individual has held and succeeded with those responsibilities, he or she may be less of a risk to hire. there is alot of personnel and organization management for a head coach that even the most savvy assistant coach may have no experience with

a head coach who is a great motivator and manager of people and organizations can always hire assistants to compensate for his or her deficiencies in Xs/Os

Posted by: mcintire_will | November 15, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

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