Besides the play of Jaroslav Halak, two things that killed the Washington Capitals in the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Montreal Canadiens were a lack of secondary scoring and an ineffective power play. Many fingers were pointed at winger Alexander Semin, who didn't score a goal in seven games and didn't have a power-play point, despite 44 shots on goal for the series.
Does it frustrate him when he's branded a non-playoff performer?
"I don't pay any attention to that," he told me this week. "As for last year, what more could I have done? I was just unlucky. And their goaltender played really well. I just couldn't score for some reason. I just need to not think about it and just play my game."
Here's Alex Semin, previewing the Capitals' first-round series against the New York Rangers and on their chances in this postseason.
Q. Before the final games of the season where everything became clear, did you have a preference of who to play — the Rangers or the Hurricanes?
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