There’s nothing more glorious in hockey than playoff overtime.

For Alexander Semin, the extra period was a source of both exhilaration and relief last night.

Semin’s goal with just 1:36 left in overtime lifted Washington to a 2-1 win over the New York Rangers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series between the teams. For his efforts, Semin is the Star of the Night.

Katie Carrera of the Washington Post put Semin’s goal into perspective after game. She wrote:

Semin’s game-winner was a welcome individual reprieve for the Russian winger, who hadn’t scored in the postseason in seven games – his last playoff goal came April 28, 2009 in Game 7 of Washington’s series against New York. Asked if it was the biggest moment of his postseason career, Semin made no such claim.

Semin’s goal not only got him out of the playoff-scoring doldrums but spared the top-seeded Caps the embarrassment of falling behind 1-0 in a series to eighth-seeded New York one year after Washington went out in seven in a 1-8 series to Montreal.

Honorable mention: Mike Fisher (Nashville) 2 goals, 1 assist; Roberto Luongo (Vancouver) 32-save shutout; Marc-Andre Fleury (Pittsburgh) 32-save shutout.

Washington 2, NY Rangers 1 (OT)
Pittsburgh 3, Tampa Bay 0
Nashville 4, Anaheim 1
Vancouver 2, Chicago 0