Semin

Semin

Don’t make those plans for a Boston-New York second-round series just yet. The Washington Capitals aren’t ready to skate off into the sunset.

Forward Alexander Semin potted two goals and the Caps stood up to Sean Avery in a 4-0 rout of the Rangers last night at Madison Square Garden in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series. New York still leads the series, 2-1.

Washington Post columnist Mike Wise says the win was a product of the Caps adding an edge to their game.

MK: Avery had his stick in his hand when he bopped Caps goaltender Simeon Varlamov in the face. He got a 10-minute misconduct so now he should get a one-game suspension, right? Oh wait, it’s Avery — he’ll probably get a month.

Elsewhere in the Eastern Conference:

•What’s being called a hand or wrist injury might keep Chris Drury out of the Rangers’ lineup for Game 4.

•New Jersey forwards Zach Parise and Travis Zajac are thriving on the big stage of the playoffs.

•Philadelphia still isn’t please with Chris Kunitz’s hit on Kimmo Timmonen in Game 3 of the series with Pittsburgh.

•Pittsburgh Tribune-Review columnist Joe Starkey throws some bouquets at Pens general manager Ray Shero.