Time for Caps' other Alex to be great

By MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:08 PM ET

PHILADELPHIA -- It is time for Alexander Semin to be great.

So says Alexander Ovechkin, who, during his brief career, has been described by the "g" word more than a few times.

And, for one brief moment Wednesday night, the enigmatic Semin was exactly that, blasting home the winning goal with less than two minutes remaining in overtime to give the Washington Capitals a 2-1 victory over the New York Rangers in Game 1 of their best-of-seven first-round series.

According to Ovechkin, the best is yet to come.

"Everybody knows he is one of the best players in the league," Ovechkin told reporters in Virginia Thursday. "Right now it is time to be THE best.

"He showed he can score goals, he can hit the guys and he's our leader on our team -- at least one of them."


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