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Alexander Semin takes part in optional skate day after benching

The Capitals held a very optional morning skate Saturday and the five attendees were those who did not suit up for Friday’s game and the players who did not see much ice time in it.

Alexander Semin and Cody Eakin, neither of whom played much in the second period of Washington’s 3-1 win in New Jersey, were on the ice along with Mathieu Perreault, Jeff Schultz and Michal Neuvirth, who did not play.

Semin’s benching was well documented last night, with the Russian winger skating a new season low. Semin was credited with 8 minutes and 25 seconds of ice time but there was a mistake on the official time sheets, so he actually only played 8:14 against New Jersey.

Coach Bruce Boudreau’s comments indicate that Semin will be in the lineup for the rematch with the Devils at Verizon Center and everyone will get a chance to see how he responds to being benched.

“It’s good,” Boudreau said when asked about seeing Semin on the ice for the optional skate. “We’ll see how it works out tonight. I dont think I have to say too much to him. He knows he’s playing tonight let’s just see how tonight unfolds.”

--Boudreau didn’t give away who would start in net tonight for the Capitals but you can infer whatever you want to infer from his comments about the goaltenders.

Given that it is a set of back-to-back contests, he was asked if Neuvirth would face the Devils Boudreau responded “Ehh....Tomas played pretty good last night too,” he said.

--Jay Beagle, who has missed the last 11 games with a concussion, skated solo Saturday morning at KCI, according to colleague Tarik El Bashir. Beagle was skating hard, stickhandling and shooting during the on-ice session.


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