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Left wing Alexander Semin scored a tie-breaking goal two minutes into the third period to give the Capitals a 3-2 lead. It was Semin's eighth goal of the season, which ties him for the NHL lead. The goal also gave him the overall points lead with 15, at least until the Pittsburgh Penguins play on the West Coast later tonight. Penguins center Evgeni Malkin entered the day tied with Semin in that department.

The goal did not stand up, however, and the Capitals had to win the game, 4-3, in a shootout (2-1) that featured a goal by Semin and the game-winner by Michael Nylander.

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"He (Semin) has been really, really good all year,'' said head coach Bruce Boudreau. "It's great to see the emotion in him. I really believe he's coming of age now...coming out of his shell a little. He's a very quiet guy, but he's coming out of his shell and starting to lead this team."

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