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New York (11-4-1) at Washington (6-4-2) 7:00 pm. EST

WASHINGTON (Ticker) -- Alex Ovechkin is in a major slump, but

the Washington Capitals haven't suffered terribly thanks to

another Alex.

Alexander Semin looks to continue his hot streak on Saturday

when the Capitals host the New York Rangers.

The reigning Hart Trophy winner, Ovechkin has gone a career-high

eight games without a goal. The Capitals have managed to tread

water without their best player scoring, going 3-3-2 in that

span.

Ovechkin did assist on all three goals in Thursday's dramatic,

3-2, win over Carolina, including Semin's game-winner with 10.9

seconds left.

The 24-year-old Russian is proving that the Capitals are more

than a one-man show. Semin's two goals against the Hurricanes -

which were scored with under three minutes to play - gave him 10

in 12 games. He has been especially good at home, posting seven

tallies and leading the club to a 4-0-1 mark here.

That is bad news for the Rangers, who are 3-2-11 in Washington

since 2000.

New York hasn't had any problem finding the net this year, as

five players have at least five goals. Chris Drury recorded his

second career hat trick and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 36 shots as

the Rangers posted a 5-2 victory over Tampa Bay on Thursday.

Lundqvist, who improved to 9-3-1 with a 2.00 goals-against

average, is 7-2-1 with a 2.52 GAA in 10 starts against

Washington.

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