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Hunter sends Semin strong message


Hunter sends Semin strong message

NEW YORK In the final month of the regular season, when the Capitals needed him most, Alexander Semin was at his best with 10 points and a plus-3 rating in his final nine games.

In a physical, first-round series against the Bruins, Semin was reliable in all three zones and led the Capitals with three goals.

But against the Rangers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, the Capitals 28-year-old right wing was a minus-2 and took a pair of penalties in a 3-1 loss.

Perhaps thats why Semin practiced Sunday on a fourth line with Keith Aucoin and Mike Knuble.

Well see what happens Monday night, Knuble said of Semins demotion. It might be a shot over the bow. Youve been noted.

Semin gave the Rangers an early power play when he gave right wing Ryan Callahan a retaliatory slash in the back of the legs after getting cross-checked by the Rangers captain. Callahan collapsed to the ice like a deck of cards on what looked more like a love tap than a vicious chop at the legs.

Callahan may have gone down a little easy, but its still unnecessary for Sasha to turn around and give him a slash there, Capitals right wing Troy Brouwer said. He got cross-checked, but this time of year most of the time the secondary offender is going to get the penalty.

Knuble said Callahan was baiting Semin to take a penalty and Matt Hendricks agreed, but both said Semin was wrong for taking the penalty.

No matter what, Alex knows he cant be slashing there, Hendricks said. But at the same time Callahan might have embellished to get the refs attention.

Semin also was guilty of an offensive zone tripping penalty, a habit that got him benched by Bruce Boudreau early in the season but had been effectively eliminated from his game under Dale Hunter.

While its unlikely Semin will start Game 2 on the fourth line Jason Chimera took his place on the second line on Sunday -- Hunter made it clear he doesnt want to see his gifted right wing taking any more retaliatory penalties.

You just cant do it, he said. Its up to the referee to make the call. He did get crosschecked, but thats the way hockey is and you have to be smart on the ice.

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Game 75 Capitals at Canadiens Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

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Game 75 Capitals at Canadiens Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

What: Washington Capitals vs. Montreal Canadiens

Where: Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

When: 7:00 p.m. ET

How to Watch: Capitals-Canadiens will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington.

Live Stream: You can watch the Capitals-Canadiens game on NBC Sports' live stream page.


The Capitals (43-24-7) take on the Canadiens (27-36-12) Saturday, March 24 at 7:00 p.m. ET in Montreal.


The Capitals-Canadiens game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington. Coverage kicks off on NBC Sports Washington with Capitals FaceOff at 6:00 p.m. followed by Caps GameTime at 6:30 p.m. Stay with NBC Sports Washington after the game for Caps Extra and Caps Overtime at 10:00 p.m. for postgame coverage. (NBC Sports Washington channel Finder)

6:00 p.m. — Caps FaceOff
6:30 p.m. — Caps GameTime
7:00 p.m. — Capitals at Canadiens
9:30 p.m. — Caps Extra
10:00 p.m. — Caps Overtime


You can watch the Capitals-Canadiens game on NBC Sports' live stream page.


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Touted Prospect Shane Gersich signs with Caps, joins team immediately


Touted Prospect Shane Gersich signs with Caps, joins team immediately

The Caps signed University of North Dakota forward Shane Gersich, a fifth round selection in 2014 and one of the organization’s top prospects, on Friday morning, the team announced.

Gersich, a left shot who is listed at 5-11, 175-pounds, has already joined the team in Montreal, where the Caps play the Canadiens at Bell Centre on Saturday night.

His contract, which begins this season, carries an average annual value of $925,000.

It’s unclear when Gersich will make his NHL debut, but it could happen at some point in the Caps’ final eight games before the playoffs.


NBC Sports Washington has been told that the primary objective for Gersich in the coming weeks is to get his first taste of the NHL by observing—and practicing alongside—his new teammates in Washington. If the opportunity to get him into the lineup presents itself, then it’s possible he’ll suit up.

The 21-year-old just completed his third season at UND. Here are Gersich’s numbers from junior and college, courtesy of


At UND, the smooth-skating and skilled Gersich also produced this memorable goal vs. Denver:

Gersich has been assigned jersey No. 63 in Washington, according to the Caps’ website.

The addition of Gersich and subsequent subtraction of Travis Boyd, who was reassigned to Hershey on Friday morning, leaves the Caps with 14 forwards on the roster.

“I think he did a great job at rookie camp,” Caps GM Brian MacLellan said of Gersich in July. “He was one of our best players, if not the best player, at camp. Really happy about the way he’s progressed and where we picked him. I think Ross Mahoney did a great job with that pick.”