In the Capitals’ 4-1 win over New York this week, both Alex Ovechkin and Alexander Semin recorded multi-point outings for the first time since April 2.

Each winger left a mark on the game, on the scoresheet and with their teammates, who noticed Ovechkin and Semin on their game and adhering to the system.

From today’s paper:

It’s not a secret. If the Capitals are going to start finding consistency, they need a high level of engagement and adherence to the game plan from Ovechkin and Semin more often than not.

“Ultimately for us, if we want to win a Stanley Cup, we need them going. We need them firing all the pistons and going as much as they were [against New York]. I think they know that,” said Jason Chimera, who leads the team with 13 goals. “Hopefully there can be consistent efforts like that because that’s the way the game’s played.

“Everyone else could be going, but if those two guys are not going our team’s pretty useless,” Chimera continued. “We can chip in goals, but those guys can score when they want to — or so it seems when they’re playing that good. It was nice to see last night.”

Consider that Washington, which is 18-15-2 heading into Friday’s game against the Buffalo Sabres at Verizon Center, is 9-0-1 this year when Ovechkin and Semin both record a point but is 0-7-0 when neither records a point in games in which both players are in the lineup.

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