The Carolina Hurricanes put together an impressive two-game winning streak as they finished off a six-game road trip by defeating the New York Islanders and the New Jersey Devils. The Hurricanes took four wins and nine points from those six games, and are making a statement as a contending team in the Eastern Conference. In the win over the Islanders on Monday, Carolina winner Alexander Semin scored the 200th goal of his NHL career, making him just the second player (Rick Nash) from his draft class to reach that milestone. The goal came in the third period as Semin’s shot took a few lucky bounces before getting past Islanders netminder Rick DiPietro.
Semin was the 13th overall pick in the 2002 draft and played for the Washington Capitals during the 2003-04 season before returning to Russia for three seasons. He scored 38 goals upon his return to the NHL for the 2006-07 season and scored his 100th NHL goal during the 2008-09 season. He was an important part of the Capitals reaching the playoffs the past five seasons, and always had great chemistry with Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom. After two seasons of declining production, the Capitals did not pursue a new contract with Semin when he became a free agent in the 2012 off-season. The Hurricanes signed him to a one-year, $7 million deal.
During the lockout, Semin played for a team in Russia’s second-tier division before joining Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod in the KHL. He had seven goals and 17 points in 20 games for Torpedo. Semin has at least a point in seven of the Hurricanes’ 12 games so far and his three point effort against the Islanders was his best outing of the season.