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Semin's goal lifts Capitals over Bruins

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Semin's goal lifts Capitals over Bruins

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By Tim Hipps
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WASHINGTON (Ticker) -- Alexander Semin helped the Washington
Capitals slow down the Boston Bruins.

Semin scored his 18th goal of the season midway through the
third period to snap a tie and lift the Capitals to a 2-1 win
over the Eastern Conference-leading Bruins on Saturday.

Defenseman Mike Green added a power-play goal and Jose Theodore
made 23 saves for the Capitals, who have won back-to-back games
following a three-game losing streak.

Semin emerged with the puck after Boston turned it over in
Washington's zone. The Russian right wing streaked down the
right side, splitting two defenders before winding up and
slapping a shot from the top of the right faceoff circle over
All-Star goaltender Tim Thomas' shoulder with 8:12 remaining in
the contest.

"I didn't know Semin was just going to come down and shoot it,"
Thomas said. "I was also keeping an eye on their guy (Tomas
Fleischmann) who was coming in late, in case he pulled up and
gave it to him. It was Guy Lafleur-ish. There's not that many
times when a guy has that much time to wind up for a slap shot
like that."

"That was the right decision to make," Bruins coach Claude
Julien said of Semin's fourth game-winning goal of the season.
"It was an unbelievable shot."

Semin has recorded points in 11 of his last 12 games.

"Wish he'd shoot more," Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau said. "I
mean, he's got that kind of shot. He's got that kind of
individual talent - you can see it all the time. He went in
there, and even with Tim Thomas as good as he was, I don't think
he expected a shot to come at him that quick. When it's just a
normal shot and you're going down the wing, you don't expect it
to go in against him, quite frankly."

With the triumph, the Capitals ended the Bruins' seven-game road
winning streak and four-game overall run. Boston's last loss
away from home also came in Washington on December 10.

"They're a good team, especially at home," Thomas said. "We
didn't play too bad of a road game. We didn't get the win
tonight, but I don't think it was from a lack of effort."

Marc Savard's one-timer from the right circle during a power
play sailed past Theodore at 1:49 of the second period, giving
Boston a 1-0 lead. It was Savard's 16th goal of the season.

"I lost (sight of the puck) after the second pass," Theodore
said. "By the time I reacted, it was in the net. I didn't find
it, it found me."

Just 17 seconds after Bruins defenseman Matt Lashoff was called
for holding, Green responded with a man-advantage tally at 2:59
to forge a 1-1 tie with his 12th goal of the season. He has
recorded points in his last four games, tying his season-high
point streak.

"He gets a little excited sometimes and starts to play rover
more than defense," Boudreau said of Green. "But he certainly
knows how to get to the net and put the puck in the net when he
gets the opportunity. That's why I think he's one of the best,
if not the best, offensive defensemen in the game today."

Thomas made 28 saves for the Bruins, who have been without
leading goal-scorer Phil Kessel since Monday because of
mononucleosis.

"Right now, we're missing a little bit of firepower," Julien
said. "We're not as big of a threat as we have been offensively
with all of these injuries. We just gotta keep grinding it out
and hope that we win more games than we lose and get our players
back. I suspect we'll be in much better shape after the
All-Star break."

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