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Semin-less Caps take care of Coyotes

Nov 21, 2011, 10:21 PM EDT

Washington Capitals v Toronto Maple Leafs AP

Bruce Boudreau was looking to send a message when he benched star sniper Alexander Semin for tonight’s game against the Phoenix Coyotes. Judging by the Capitals effort in their first game back, it looks like any message sending by the head coach was well received by the players. After falling behind 2-0, the Caps scored four straight goals and snapped their four-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory.

Semin did not appear at today’s morning skate and was not on the ice for the pregame warm-ups this evening. In fact, with recent benching and tonight’s healthy scratch, there’s talk around the league that Semin could be on the trade block. Yet if he’s not playing for Washington, he might not be the most desirable player on the open market.

“We’ve all read that he’s had his wrist slapped a few times, so it’s not that surprising,” a Nashville Predators scout said of the scratch. “He’s an extremely skilled player and Bruce is definitely sending a message to other people in the dressing room.”

Message sent.

The offensive outburst that started in the second period was a welcomed change for the struggling Capitals. Over the course of their last three games, they’ve only mustered a single goal in each of the last three games. It was a curious move to willingly scratch one of their most dynamic offensive players when they were so desperately looking for goals—but the move was more about effort and less about offensive production. Still, when the rest of the team proved they could score four goals in about 19 minutes for a victory, it made the Capitals coaching staff look like they pressed the right button.

We’ll see what is next for Semin and the Capitals. Washington continues their three-game homestand on Wednesday with a date with Winnipeg. Will Semin be in the lineup against the Jets? Here’s a better question: should he be in the lineup?

  1. gopokes3281 - Nov 22, 2011 at 1:56 AM

    He should never have been taken out of the lineup in my opinion. Yeah he takes dumb penalties and is lazy but when he decides to turn it on, he is outstanding. I vote that we go back to the strategy we had in 2009-2010. Score 7 goals, give up 4 a game and win. If it wasn’t for Halak we would have gone all the way. Ever since the change in style we have lost our hop on offense. Psh…screw defense, let’s score. Eh?

    • jpelle82 - Nov 22, 2011 at 12:34 PM

      that would be nice if you had guys scoring like they did before…if you hadn’t noticed ovechkin aint the same player he used to be.

  2. acieu - Nov 22, 2011 at 4:59 AM

    Right on!

  3. cshearing - Nov 22, 2011 at 8:25 AM

    Said it many times; you will never win it all with this guy on your team. Trade him if possible, unless you are just looking for more regular season success. Even that looks to be a stretch right now.

    • bcjim - Nov 22, 2011 at 8:30 AM

      Sure, nobody needs goals.

      • danphipps01 - Nov 22, 2011 at 1:05 PM

        Um, Jim… WHAT goals? He’s got four. He’s not helping their cause.

    • dclogicatlast - Nov 22, 2011 at 9:56 AM

      Can’t win championships with too many Russians on your squad.

      • danphipps01 - Nov 22, 2011 at 1:10 PM

        Unless you’re the Red Wings, apparently. Hell if I know why THEIR Russians worked hard, though.

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