Ovechkin, Semin and Backstrom on the Same Line: The Right Move for the Capitals?

November 3rd, 2010 by Trent Reinsmith Leave a reply »
On Saturday night, the Washington Capitals lit up the Calgary Flames by a score of 7-2. Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau used Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Alexander Semin on the same line during the game, and they produced 10 points between them. Boudreau announced today that, for now, he was going to leave that line intact.

Boudreau had this to say about his decision, "In a perfect world, they'd be split up because it makes the team tougher to cover. But every now and again, as I've done for three years, you throw [Semin] back for three or four games. They get on track and then you move him. We'll see how long this lasts until they start getting really too [fancy] playing with each other instead of doing the right things, because they want the puck and they can play shinny with it. When they're going and they're doing the right stuff they're a pretty good line."

Ovechkin, Semin and Backstrom are one, two and three in scoring for the Caps at this point. They are the only three players that have double digit point totals on the hockey club. There is a bug fall off from Backstrom's 10 points to No. 4 scorer Brooks Laich's six points.  

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