Semin Tabbed as NHL Player of Month

Winger scored 16 points in nine games

Alexander Semin, who made headlines last week for a slight jab at NHL poster boy Sidney Crosby, was named the NHL's First Star of the Month for October.

Semin led the league with 16 points in nine games, including tallying eight goals.  Semin also was a plus-7 while helping fill the offensive void left by Alex Ovechkin's sudden departure to be with his ailing grandfather in Russia.

Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist and Nashville defenseman Shea Weber were the league's second and third stars for October.

And Semin wasn't the only player in the Capitals organization to grab a monthly award.  Keith Aucoin, who plays for the Caps' minor-league team in Hershey, was named the American Hockey League's Player of the Month.

Aucoin, 29, recorded 18 points in 12 October games to lead the league in scoring.

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