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Semin's goal lifts Capitals over Bruins

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By Tim Hipps

PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

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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