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Posted at 01:05 AM ET, 12/02/2010

Semyon Varlamov, Caps win fourth straight 4-1 over Blues

The consensus at Scottrade Center after Washington's 4-1 win against the Blues was that this was Semyon Varlamov's best game since returning from the groin injury that prevented him from playing for most of the first two months this season.

"I think this was his best game because his rebound control was so good," Coach Bruce Boudreau said. "He smothered everything."

If you haven't already, check out my game story for tomorrow's paper for a greater breakdown of Varlamov's 37-save night. On to more notes from the Capitals' fourth consecutive win:

--Boyd Gordon tallied his first goal of the season with the Capitals' second goal of the game on a chance that featured multiple bounces going Washington's way after he backhanded the puck toward the net. If anything, that goal should erase any belief that Jaroslav Halak holds a special power against the Capitals.

"I just tried to get it on net and get a rebound," Gordon said. "But [it was] kind of a lucky bounce there, it hit Halak's glove and went off a shin pad."

--Tom Poti did not play in the third period and a team spokesman said he will be re-evaluated Thursday and a game-time decision against Dallas. He was playing in his fourth straight game after missing 17 of the first 22 games this season with a lower-body injury that was believed to be a groin problem. He played 11 minutes through the first two periods.

--For those players who made it through the duration of the contest on Wednesday night, it appears as though the minutes were managed with the second-leg of a back-to-back contest looming. All players saw at least seven minutes of ice time and all but Matt Bradley and D.J. King played at least 13.

In his 7:44 against his former team, King recorded his first point of the season with an assist on Gordon's goal. King's name on the scoring announcement even brought an applause from some of the St. Louis crowd.

--During the Capitals' four game winning streak, the penalty kill has been just as big as Varlamov at times. Washington's penalty killers have thwarted 15 of 16 opposing power plays over this span.

"When you can kill off four or five penalties in a game it really gives a real lift to the team," Boudreau said. "This little stretch, we've been very good on the penalty kill and I think it goes hand in hand with why we've been successful."

--With a 4 a.m. wakeup call awaiting me that's all for tonight but I'll have more updates from Dallas.

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