The Stat Line Of The Night — 2/16/11 — Alexander Semin
Midway through the third period of last night’s game between the Washington Capitals and the Anaheim Ducks, it appeared as though “The Stat Line of the Night” would come down to a choice between two Ducks players; Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry. Both players had recorded one goal and three assists each, and their team was holding onto a 6-5 lead, but that all changed in the finals ten minutes, thanks to Alexander Semin.
The Caps’ winger entered last night’s game looking for his first goal since November 28. He found it just over nine minutes into the second period as he batted home a rebound to snap his 17-game goal drought. And he wasn’t done there. With the Caps trailing by one in the third, Semin scored the tying goal with under nine minutes remaining, before adding the winner with only 1:47 left in the game to give the Capitals a 7-6 lead, which they would hold onto for the victory.
The hat-trick was the seventh of Semin’s career and it could be just what he and his Capitals teammates needed to help them snap out of a recent funk. Despite all their firepower, the Caps currently rank 15th in the league in goals per game average, with 2.72. Much of that is due to the lack of production from stars like Semin, Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom. Perhaps this is the type of game that will help turn things around for Semin, as his three-goal performance was enough to earn him “The Stat Line of the Night” for Wednesday, February 16, 2011.