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So much for the demotion: Alexander Semin skates on second line

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WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 11: Alexander Semin #28 of the Washington Capitals falls to the ice during the second period against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Verizon Center on March 11, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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Apparently the reports of Alexander Semin’s demotion were for naught. After skating on the fourth line in practice today, Semin was instead on the second line with his usual Washington Capitals linemates during the pregame skate, according to Stephen Whyno and others.

Semin had some tough times in Game 1 against the New York Rangers, but onlookers raved about his all-out effort during much of the seven-game series against the Boston Bruins.

Ultimately, it’s all about filling up the net for the pending free agent, though. Considering how rare goals have suddenly become in Capitals contests lately, lighting a fire under Semin might just make a big difference.