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Alexander Semin shines despite feeling ill

Alexander Semin finished off the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight with a blast from close range during a 5-4 shootout victory, but before that goal, the left wing had played a good portion of the game in unfamiliar territory: planted on the crease.

Semin is regarded as among the most skilled players in the game, but rarely has he been spotted so close to the net for as much as he was this evening. His persistence paid off in regulation when, on a power play, he collected a loose puck in front of goalie Jonas Gustavsson and flipped it top shelf at 14 minutes 22 seconds, triggering a wild celebration among the 18,398 at Verizon Center.

Following the game, Coach Bruce Boudreau revealed that Semin was feeling a bit ill before faceoff and that it was uncertain if he would play.

"We've talked about it," Boudreau said of Semin becoming more of a presence near the crease. "That's where you score goals. When he scored his goal on the power play, I mean there's not too many guys in the National Hockey League that have hands like that can pick it, put it there that quickly. It's funny. He was sick tonight. We didn't know whether he was going to be scratched until after warmups. He said he wanted to play, and so he becomes a hero."

By Gene Wang  | November 3, 2010; 11:37 PM ET
Categories:  Alexander Semin  
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"It's funny: He was sick tonight, and we didn't know if he would be scratched until after warmup," Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau said. "He said he wanted to play -- and he becomes the hero."

It's funny, because everyone was ready to call him the Semin of old, but maybe it's illness that explains it. He's been absolutely terrific this year. The O-zone penalties aren't going to help his rep, but he sure as heck made up for it.

Posted by: Justafan | November 4, 2010 12:03 AM | Report abuse

I'll bring this part of my post from previous thread across:

Got to watch TSN on NHL Network. What can we say about Pierre Maguire. First Caps PP was Ovechkin's fault for stepping on Shenn's stick (which had been put between Ovi's skates). Xcheck call leading to 4th goal per PM very weak. Just one jab against the Caps after the next. Since I want to keep name calling off the blog here, let's just say McGuire is unprofessional. Could someone perform that job worse than he does? Yes. Theoretically.

OK. I've had it. That's enough. Haven't done this in awhile. Can't help myself.

Pierre McGuire is hereby assigned to the Doofus Brigade (cic Cheef), Troll Battalion (cic Larry David), Media Company (Co. M, cic Mike Milbury), 1st Platoon, with the rank of lieutenant. Assigned to McGuire as squad sergeants are Denis Potvin, as whiny as any announcer this side of Ken Harrelson, and Bobby "The Chief" Taylor. There's also an SI writer in this platoon, can't remember his name.

An honorary member of Company M of course is Don Cherry, Doofus Emeritus.

Grab a rifle, McGuire, drop down, and give us 20, you doofus.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | November 3, 2010 11:53 PM

Thinking back amongst (that was Canadian for among) the three million or so posts I've made under tominfl1 first and then as I am now, I'm pretty certain I just have sent McGuire to the Doofus Brigade before. But some things in life just FEEL SO GOOD that you do it twice.

Star marching, McGuire. You are a doofus in the truest sense of the word. He ragged on Green for the -3. Dude, it was DJ King!

BTW, Fahey made a really nice play to follow Kessel across the crease and maybe stop a goal. Fahey has received nothiung but abuse here (from me too) so let's give credit where due.

Boyd Gordon has also taken abuse (never from me) and that was a SICK pass (Ovi's word) to set up Chimera, who looked like he scored by accident as I don't think he was expecting the puck.

Carlson was also better. Maybe he's healthy. Erskine got creamed on one play.

I previously coined an "Alexander Semin hat trick" - a goal, an assist and a stick foul. Semin got that and one better with SO winner.

Could anyone be more unlucky than Mike Knuble? Tell me what stocks he has in his portfolio so I can short them.

Knuble gets in line at the grocery store...and the old woman ahead of him (all the old women still write checks) can't find her ID...then says she forgot her checkbook can they accept food stamps?

BTW, interview with Cindy right now on NHLN, God are his lips red!

Posted by: tominsocal1 | November 4, 2010 12:14 AM | Report abuse

BTW, interview with Cindy right now on NHLN, God are his lips red!

Posted by: tominsocal1 | November 4, 2010 12:14 AM

lipstick or just chapped (same chapped color as one of mario's arse cheeks)?

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | November 4, 2010 12:25 AM | Report abuse

@tominsocal1

I was actually thinking the exact same thing about McGuire while watching.

He is an obvious case of a person who has already decided who he likes and dislikes and will describe the game in a way that supports his beliefs. There is never a case of him just giving an honest, and unbiased, viewpoint of what happened on the ice.

And McGuire hates Semin. Semin must have done something to him. Maybe he made fun of him or something because McGuire will jump immediately on Semin whenever he does something wrong and every compliment he gives Semin is always followed by the obligatory "but he is so enigmatic that you never know what you are going to get". He can never just say, "Semin made a great pass" and just leave it at that.

Another thing on Semin, I thought his 2nd penalty was a weak call. It didn't look like he hooked the Leafs defender at all. The 1st penalty was definitely a penalty, but I don't think his 2nd one was.

IMO, the 2nd and 3rd line were the best two lines today and each played one of their better games.

B Gordon played great and he shows what he can do when he is healthy(he showed last year in the playoffs too). BGordon is very good on the boards in the offensive zone. He may be the best Cap in terms of his ability to get the puck off the boards quickly and make an accurate dump to another guy on the boards or out front. It seems most Caps seem to either hit it too hard or too soft, Gordon is pretty good at cycling and his line with Chimera and Fehr did a pretty good job of it(it was mostly Chimera and BGordon).

Unfortunately BGordon is rarely healthy.

I also thought the 2nd line did very well creating chances and pressure in the Leags end. They forechecked well and got to the net a bunch. Laich and Knuble missed on a few very good chances in close and Flash scored on a tip in front of the net. It was a good showing by them.

Overall the Caps played a very good game. They had about a 6 minute run in the 3rd where they looked horrible. It will happen over an 82 game season. But until that 6 minute period of poor play happened I think most people on here were ready to praise the Caps and their effort. It was a good overall game with a bad 6 minute stretch. I'm not too worried, that happens a few times over the course of a season.

Posted by: sgm3 | November 4, 2010 12:30 AM | Report abuse

@Justafan

No surprise that Semin's focus would probably waver if he were feeling ill. I know my focus isn't that great under those conditions.

Glad he scored the game tying goal and one of the shootout goals.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 4, 2010 12:33 AM | Report abuse

Like I said, having the trio all on the same line is a recipe for disaster, and it was clear as day when the LEAFS of all teams exposed these guys with Mike Green's help every time they stepped on the ice. No defensive awareness whatsoever, and horrific turnovers on the offensive, and neutral territories. You think one of these days these fairies would learn how to not make the lowest percentage, stupidest plays in the offensive zone and yet they continue to do it but luckily it didn't cost them too much because of the crappy team they were against.

BB is just the worse coach for this team, he lets OV dictate the line changes when OV's line should've been gone after the second whistle. Same bonehead moves by this guy who's more concerned about pleasing his players than actual coaching and making smart moves.

It's sad how Caps fans continue to excuse this type of play when you all deserve better. If only talent came hand in hand with intelligence and responsbility the Caps would have at least a Cup by now.

Posted by: BigGameSid | November 4, 2010 2:00 AM | Report abuse

"Thinking back amongst (that was Canadian for among) the three million or so posts I've made under tominfl1 first and then as I am now, I'm pretty certain I just have sent McGuire to the Doofus Brigade before. But some things in life just FEEL SO GOOD that you do it twice. Posted by: tominsocal1 | November 3, 2010 11:53 PM "

I'm glad you re-enlisted McGuire. Do we have a special unit for trolls? Not that I want to feed a certain one who has been showing up lately, but can you think of a particular ring of army hell for trolls? (although this one's life must already be pretty sad if he needs to come here to dump his load.)

Posted by: dccitizen1 | November 4, 2010 6:32 AM | Report abuse

@tominsocal I'm surprised it took you this long to get sickof that bald jacka$$. I haven't liked him since day one with NBC. Talk about a homer for Canadia.

He and Dick Emerick are fighting to kiss Cindy's a$$. I refuse to watch NBC hockey because of both of them, even though i'll make an exception on New Years Day. Can't miss that one.

Posted by: jwash4472 | November 4, 2010 8:34 AM | Report abuse

BigGameSid how did Cindy do last night in his game? they lost AGAIN !
tominsocal1 & sgm3 Pierre(I Love Crysby)Maguire is the worst .I hope hes at the game Im going to next month I want to tell him personaly what a terrible job he does

Posted by: heathdog1119 | November 4, 2010 8:57 AM | Report abuse

Both of his goals were just sick! That fancy little scoop from behind the net around to the top-shelf and then a SLAPSHOT from 10 feet out in the shootout. Who does that and gets away with it?!?

FEAR THE WEAGLE!!!

Posted by: AmyS1 | November 4, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

OK, we can send BigGameSid to the Doofus Brigade, Company G (Green haters).

1st Battalion is for the haters, Company G (Green), Company S (Semin and Schultz), etc. 2nd Battalion is the Troll Battalion under LarryDavid. Strategy of the DB is to use the Troll Battalion to get true Caps fans out into the open and then they attack with the Hater Battalion.

So, ignore the Trolls! They are only trying to sucker you into the open!

BTW, BigGameSid, KMart has #87 Ruby-Red lipstick on sale this week for 87 cents. Big up a few tubes and you can look just like your hero!

Posted by: tominsocal1 | November 4, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

You know we all love this team so we are allowed to be critcal. It amazes me about all those Canadians who are always ripping OVI and Semin. I bet if OVI played for Montreal or Toronto they would all gush all over him. Folks ignore all the noise and tune out the Milbury and Cherry's of the world. They are unhappy people reason. does either guy have a Stanley Cup. Milbury may also rank as the worst General Manager (Islanders) in the history of the NHL. Remember Ted ripping him apart. That was great. Don Cherry is such a polished dresser.

Posted by: pkme | November 4, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

@tominsocal - actually, I think BigGameSid is starting to become a little enamored of our team..."it's a shame" "with all that talent they should have at least one cup by now"...

@pkme - Don Cherry is such a polished dresser - hey, let's not throw out the baby with the bathwater. It takes some nerve for him to come out dressed like that. (And it's also a little wierd, like some Lucha wrestler showing up for a match in a tutu, but that's for another thread...)

Posted by: RedLitYogi | November 4, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

"Sid...wake up...time to get to the bus stop, you are late for practice again"

Daddy aka mario

Posted by: boomer44 | November 4, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

You know we all love this team so we are allowed to be critcal. It amazes me about all those Canadians who are always ripping OVI and Semin.
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You nailed it, I always said if Peter Forsberg had been born in Saskatoon rather than Ornskoldsvik Canadian 2nd-graders would sing song about him.

Pierre McGuire is, was and always has been an ass, complete failure coaching the Whalers and seems to have gotten worse with time.

Posted by: Timbo_1 | November 4, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

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