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Mike Green Update

I just spoke with defenseman Mike Green, who was injured in the final minutes of last night's game when he was pulled down by rookie Steven Stamkos. Green did not practice today, but said he hopes to take the morning skate tomorrow. At that time, he will decide whether he can face the 'Canes at RBC Center.

Green seemed to be moving okay. But he definitely is not "fine," as both he and Coach Bruce Boudreau said after the Caps' 5-2 win. If I had to speculate, I would guess that he's got an abdominal or oblique strain.

The team has not provided an official update on his status.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  March 20, 2009; 10:17 AM ET
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It didn't look good...

Posted by: soloman5000 | March 20, 2009 10:24 AM | Report abuse

He'll be fine. Expect two more goals tomorrow, and a "stick on fire" episode from Greenie as well.

Posted by: SA-Town | March 20, 2009 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Oh no, we can't have Green down. At least he can take his time coming back. If he needs 2-3 weeks to make sure he's healthy so be it. It would be nice to have him back for the last couple games of the season if he can to get up to game speed prior to the start of the playoffs.

That's a tough break for Laing. I thought Laing had a very good game last night. Hopefully there is another Gordon/Laing type player on the farm. It would be nice to see Bourque get another shot but I don't believe he's the type of help BB's looking for.

On another note:

What's up with the NHL giving the Pens back to back games, with days off, against teams that have to come to their stadium after they just played the night before? Atlanta went to Pittsburgh Tuesday after playing us. LA is going to Pittsburgh to play tonight after beating Boston in OT last night.
Yeah, we are playing Carolina tomorrow after having the day off today and Carolina playing tonight, but we are going to their stadium, and by the time tomorrow night rolls around our boys with have played 5 games in 8 days, 4 on the road. Tired of seeing the ice tilted Pittsburgh's way.

Posted by: fanohock1 | March 20, 2009 10:26 AM | Report abuse

@ Tarik

Are you sure it's not a shoulder?

Posted by: griz0615 | March 20, 2009 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Its really obvious that Green was injured, and it wasn't just having the wind knocked out of him.

Posted by: TJ2008 | March 20, 2009 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Oh snap I knew it! He did not look good last night when he had to be pulled over the wall onto the bench by teammates. Prayers for a VERY speedy recovery Greenie!

Posted by: AmyS1 | March 20, 2009 10:34 AM | Report abuse

What's the real news story from last nights game?

The fan's favorite bullet proof Capital Lang out for the season - and back to the minors? "Should have been All-Star" Green to miss a week? Or Don Cherry upset over OV's celebrations?

For me - it's Lang's story. It's the more emotional, gut wrenching story. Sure, I don't want Green to be hurt - that would really hurt our playoff chances. But, he will be back. And OV's 50TH would be the story maybe, but he will get another ten more this year. :-)

As for the celebrations? I'm sure OV this thinking more of Laing and Green, and less of Don Cherry at this moment. Get well - both of you guys...!

Posted by: dezlboy1 | March 20, 2009 10:37 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: jamebow | March 20, 2009 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Green came very close to becoming the only player in NHL history to score two Mike Green Hat Tricks

Gordie Howe HT = goal, assist, fight
Mike Green HT = 2 goals and one testicle

Maybe he was waiting until we're playing Philly before he breaks out the MGHT again.

Posted by: apoptosis | March 20, 2009 10:41 AM | Report abuse


Laing's is a "more gut wrenching story" re: his torn spleen? how appropos.

It was clear the explanation earlier regarding Green was bs. He came up quite lame.

We need a few more Laing's to call up now. It's all about the work ethic.

Posted by: Sonyask | March 20, 2009 10:49 AM | Report abuse

@apoptosis: Somehow, I don't think Mike is too proud of that one.

Posted by: Southwester | March 20, 2009 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Comments from Tampa's Goalie....

"It's not something I've never seen on the NHL level," McKenna said. "I'm a traditionalist when it comes to hockey. I appreciate guys who play the game hard and are humble. Alex is always exciting to watch and he's great for the game, but it's not something I would have done. When I saved his breakaway I could have done a spin move or something, but I didn't."

I would say you could do a spin move if your name was not Mike McKenna...Who are you, and for what reason do you have to celebrate?

Posted by: SA-Town | March 20, 2009 10:56 AM | Report abuse

"When I saved his breakaway I could have done a spin move or something, but I didn't."

If you would have saved #50, you wouldn't have anything to worry about. But you didn't save #50. You didn't save 4 other goals, for that matter.

Has Mike McKenna ever considered incorporating more spin moves into his game? He might improve on his terrible 3.4 GAA and .89 Save%

Posted by: VTDuffman | March 20, 2009 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Does anyone feel that Osala should get a call-up now? He's a big rig that would fit nicely this time of year.. He would take Laing's spot.

On a side note, I feel really bad for Lainger.. that's gotta suck..

Posted by: ovys8 | March 20, 2009 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Green looked bad - was it his shoulder again? Could be a lingering injury which would suck soooooooooooooooo bad this time of the year!

Posted by: lylewimbledon | March 20, 2009 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Re: Laing
Best wishes to Quintin for a quick recovery.

Friend of mine suffered a torn spleen in a car accident. Ended up having it removed, but luckily a spleen is one of those things you can live without. She came through it just fine and suffered no ill effects long term.

Posted by: tess2201 | March 20, 2009 11:07 AM | Report abuse

If Green or Semin or anyone is to get injured now is the time to do it. There is just enough time to recover from some injuries before the playoffs start. We have to stop playing these guys so much especially in 5-2 games. If the Green injury had happened on April 1 it might put a doubt into his health for the first round. Foot off the gas a bit!

Posted by: yesisaiditfirst | March 20, 2009 12:18 PM | Report abuse

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