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Semin is 'Fine'

Some of you may have noticed that Alexander Semin did not skate in the third period. A team spokesman told the media that he's "fine."

Semin tangled with a Philadelphia defenseman behind the net midway through the second period, and appeared to take a stick to the face or the neck. Semin went down in a heap and stayed down. He was eventually helped off the ice by trainer Greg Smith.

Semin returned for a shift a few moments later, but did not skate again. He was not in the dressing room after the game.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  September 28, 2007; 10:38 PM ET
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Semin not playing the third, and we come back from being down 5-2 to win 7-5. My expectations have officially risen.

Posted by: CapsPDX | September 28, 2007 10:58 PM | Report abuse

His first shift back from getting hurt he pulled a Briere-esque stick to the groin on Timonen. Lucky he didn't get caught.

Posted by: PuckMan93 | September 28, 2007 11:14 PM | Report abuse

I know that was just a preseason game but my god was that great to witness in person!! Verizon Center looks absolutely superb with the new HD Screens above Center Ice. I think tonight's game was a microcasm of what you'll see this year: one hell of an offense, but still very weak on defense!

Glad to "hear" that Semin is "fine." It reminded me of when Jason Campbell went down in the preseason..."oh Lord!"

And Alex Ovechkin, is definitely in season mode! The Caps offensive unit looked great once they started connecting their passes in the 3rd period. Can't wait for next Saturday!!

Posted by: Don-ald | September 28, 2007 11:17 PM | Report abuse

I thought the Fleishman(sp?) goal from Ovie and Kozlov was a beautiful play. Excellent puck movement and a good finish by Flash, who has finally decided he belongs here.

Posted by: Murshawursha | September 28, 2007 11:27 PM | Report abuse

Can anyone explain why the roster and score-sheet list Fehr and / or Bourque?

Also -- great comeback, but anybody worried about 5 goals on 19 shots?


Posted by: Oneal | September 28, 2007 11:57 PM | Report abuse

was the philly resting key players in the 3rd or was this for real?

Posted by: jim | September 29, 2007 12:34 AM | Report abuse

Does Philly even have "key players"? You can't buy yourself through a rebuild as they are trying to do by buying Briere.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 29, 2007 12:38 AM | Report abuse

I was actually impressed. Most of Philly's goals were the result of one person on the caps (Poti). He did NOT impress me tonight. The shorty was all his fault, and he missed coverage on at least one of the other 4 goals. Philly scored on the PP a couple times, including a 5 on 3, so we didn't play horribly defensively. Clark took that 5 on 3 penalty in the offensive zone, so discipline might be an issue.

Overall, I'm optimistic. The team looks to have gelled, and everyone's passing much better than last year. Green and Steckel BETTER make this team. They play better than Poti and Sutherby by far, and those guys will make the team. I'll be watching Sunday against Ottawa!

Posted by: Raber | September 29, 2007 2:15 AM | Report abuse

Relax about Poti.

Yes, he had a bad game. However, he has looked very solid in all of his other games, and we have to remember that he's still getting acclimated to the system and hasn't found a steady partner yet.

In response to others, the Capitals controlled the first period but couldn't score. The second period belonged to the Flyers, and we finally woke up and said enough in the 3rd.

Posted by: Kazer | September 29, 2007 3:41 AM | Report abuse

What a game! I can remember easily when the old Caps would have tanked being down by 3 goals in the 3rd. Tremendous finish.
Shows great promise for this season.

Posted by: kenhockey | September 29, 2007 6:01 AM | Report abuse

I have the same question about the NHL's official stats...

Tarik... if either Fehr or Bourque played you missed a story.

The official score sheet shows Fehr as third star in goal...

What kind of crap is the NHL putting out? Do they have any credibility. There is a story here...

Posted by: Muddapucker | September 29, 2007 8:16 AM | Report abuse

No story. Klep and Bourque did not play...end of story.

Posted by: keggwx | September 29, 2007 8:45 AM | Report abuse

The story is...
Official NHL statistics are apparently unreliable and bogus (at least to some degree). How did this happen? Does it happen often? Is it ever corrected? Is it even noticed? Is the same moron that provided thses statistics still employed? If you cannot depend on the NHL to provide accurate information than why keep statistics?

Its a larger issue than the Caps,keggwx. Its really not about the game at all... Its about credibility of the league.

Posted by: Muddapucker | September 29, 2007 9:25 AM | Report abuse

anyone notice that MSG just sued the NHL. The league, in its wisdom, has determined that they have done such a good job promoting the league that they should be in control of all team websites and promotions. With the NHL track record it's certainly hard to argue with that.

Seriously, for years we've all been asking why Bettman still has a job. How about we change the question to "Give me one good reason why Bettman should be employed, let alone by the NHL."

Posted by: Shmoo | September 29, 2007 10:19 AM | Report abuse

LOL!! Not only did "Fehr" play in goal last night, but he had a goal and an assist. Hot damn, we found a new goalie!!! NOT! I tuned into the game online last night and lost connection shortly after Philly's 5th goal. I wasn't upset because I thought the Caps were done. I didn't get the final score until midnight or so and darn near feel out of my chair. What a comeback! Any news on the three players that were waived yesterday? Lastly, I love the fact that both Ovechkin and Kozlov got boarding penalties according to the NHL stat sheet! Gotta love the aggressiveness!!!

Posted by: Mitch | September 29, 2007 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Hey Raber: I'm trying to figure out which is the most unreliable - NHL Stats your "eyewitness" report. NHL stats had Poti down for being on ice for two goals by each side, and a plus 1 overall. Que pasa?

Posted by: Kiwi | September 29, 2007 11:19 AM | Report abuse

I missed the game and just saw some highlights on CSN. WHat happened? The Flyers put in 5 goals? Isn't that a little excessive since the only two serious NHLers are Gagne and Briere? And coming back is great, but could they pull that off against a stacked team like the Rangers or Pens or Canes? Just asking...

Posted by: 007 | September 29, 2007 11:52 AM | Report abuse

I dont think you can include the Canes in your list, there 007.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 29, 2007 12:08 PM | Report abuse

What happened is a good question. I had been relying on NHL super stats to give me a sense of the game.

But forget that.

And I hate to say it... but, neither of the DC dailys actually covered the game. At least not in their online editions.

I am reminded of a recent discussion about attendence at home for exhibitions in a blog and I guess that perhaps in the eyes of the public (including the papers) they are relatively insignificant. Do the papers generate fan interest or reflect it?

I watched CSN between 10:30 and 11PM and saw no video... Then they went to Best Damn Sports Show or something.

I live 100+ miles from the phone booth and don't get local DC TV. I make it to the games a half dozen times a year. I really was relying on the NHL stats but it doesn't look promising in terms of accuracy.

Oh well, I guess I will have to be satisfied with what I can glean from blogs and online posts... I know that the newspaper coverage of the actual game, will get better when we get into the regular season.

Posted by: Muddapucker | September 29, 2007 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Caps fans sure are an amazing breed. Mount an extraordinary comeback, and do we celebrate? No. It's well, bet they couldn't do that against a really good team, when the fact is it would be difficult to do against even a really bad team. Amazing. Absolutely Amazing.

Posted by: Kiwi | September 29, 2007 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Kiwi- I certainly celebrated it, what I'm interested in, having not seen the game, is what led to the 5 goals against. Amazing comebacks are great, but rare. When was the last time you heard of a 5 goal comeback against the Red Wings? So my question is, and its pretty fair, what led to the 5 goals? Was it poor defensive play on the part of the Caps? Was it fantastic offense on the part of the Flyers? I heard there where two 5 on 3's; did they both lead to goals or just one? Were the penalties due to blown coverage, hooking, roughing, holding, interference? Rather than comment on the lack of fireworks and cheering, fill me in on what actually happened. Because again, that kind of comeback is rare and tis was a depleted Flyers team not a stacked Offensive team and they got 5 goals. Thats a lot of goals, my friend. And yeah, so is 7.
The comeback goals were awesome, but leaving Kozlov in the slot like that while watching Ovechkin skate towads the back of the net was a massive brain cramp.

Muddapucker- the highlights were on CSN within the 1st ten minutes and shown again in the second half hour of the show. They were certainly fun to watch, especially Flash's game winner.

Posted by: 007 | September 29, 2007 1:30 PM | Report abuse

O'Neal, those shot totals are about as accurate as listing Fehr and Bourque on the Caps' roster last night. The NHL's stat site consistently undercounted Flyers' shots all night long. If you look at the column listing shots by individual players, the total at the bottom is 19. If you count up all the shots by player listed in the column, however, the total is 33. So, 5 out of 33 is still not good, but not nearly as dire as it looks if you just look at the (erroneous) total of 19. Apparently, simple addition is too much to ask for from the NHL's spreadsheets.

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