Originally written on On Frozen Blog  |  Last updated 11/20/14

ATLANTA - OCTOBER 22: Mike Knuble #22 of the Washington Capitals against the Atlanta Thrashers at Philips Arena on October 22, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Mike Knuble described his team as ‘outclassed’ in the third period after their 5-2 loss to Dallas Tuesday. Bruce Boudreau, in his post-game press conference, talked about how the team lost a lot of battles in the third—which they entered tied at 2. In fact, the team lost those battles for the pucks throughout the game. And Boudreau said accountability for those who took penalties when the score was tight would be held through limited ice time, observing that Alexander Semin, despite a power play goal in the first, was held to only two shifts after he cost the team two penalties in the game. As Boudreau’s comments suggested, Semin doesn’t move his legs, and chooses the penalty rather than the hard work. The behavior by Semin really isn’t shocking or anything new—it’s been status quo in Washington for several years for 28.  The observation isn’t meant to rekindle any “Semin has to go” conversations. But comparing that style of game game Tuesday to that of two of his teammates is a s...
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