The frequency at which Alexander Semin finds himself in the penalty box has been a topic of discussion throughout his career.

Through 18 games this season, he leads the Capitals with 28 penalty minutes and 14 minors and he’s been whistled for at least one minor penalty in each of the past seven games. Semin, who may be a candidate to sit out against the Phoenix Coyotes tonight, is tied for second in the league in minor penalties, behind only Anaheim’s Corey Perry.

On Sunday, though, Coach Bruce Boudreau defended the Russian winger, saying that he believes Semin is being sent to the penalty box based regularly on his reputation rather than actual fouls.

“Obviously the refs seem to have it out for him. There’s no doubt that there are penalties he deserves. We’re not disputing that,” Boudreau said. “But I don’t think that diving penalty [at Toronto] was a diving penalty, I don’t think the penalty in Winnipeg when he knocked the stick out of the guy’s hand was a penalty. They definitely look at him; he’s got a reputation so it’s unfortunate for him but he’s earned the reputation.”

In case you missed either of today’s stories, here they are:
On Hockey: Alex Ovechkin, Bruce Boudreau need to get on the same page
Sunday is no day off for slumping Capitals