Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau made it clear that Alex Semin will be in the lineup tonight against the Devils, one night after he sat the talented right wing for the entire third period of Saturday nights 3-1 win over the Devils in Newark.
Its not every day that an NHL coach benches a star player in the final period of a 1-1 hockey game. Especially when that player is paid 6.7 million a season or roughly 27,000 a period.
Whats interesting is the support Boudreau received in the Capitals dressing room after Friday nights win.
Aside from captain Alex Ovechkin, who simply called Semins benching a coachs decision, players said they supported Boudreaus hard-line stance.
Thats the way its been this year, Jason Chimera said. Hes going to play the guys that are playing well and I think thats great.
I think its an incentive for guys like me and (Matt) Hendricks and guys that really dont see as much ice time. It could be me (tonight) who gets less ice. Its someone new every game, it seems like. If youre not going to have your best night every night, you play with the guys who are going good, which is how it should be.
Is Boudreau being too hard on Semin, who took his 10th minor penalty in the first period and hardly played after that?
Or is this exactly what you want to see from the Capitals coach?
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