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Posted at 2:08 PM ET, 02/ 6/2011

Mike Green questionable to return against Penguins

By Katie Carrera

Late in the first period, a slap shot by Pittsburgh's Brooks Orpik struck Mike Green in the right side of his head and the Capitals' defenseman has not returned to the ice. The Capitals announced that Green is questionable to return in Sunday's game against the Penguins.

Green crumpled to the ice after being hit by the puck and looked dazed as Washington's head athletic trainer, Greg Smith, tended to him and then helped the defenseman off the ice.

Meanwhile, the Capitals lead the Penguins 2-0 at the end of the second period and are out-shooting the visitors 18-15 as well.

By Katie Carrera  | February 6, 2011; 2:08 PM ET
Categories:  Injuries, Mike Green  
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I am not too worried about Hendricks not being signed past this year right now. I love how he plays for this team but he is not going to make much money next year and he clearly likes being here and we like him. I think the Caps are just waiting until after the trade deadline just incase we got after someone with a contract after this year. Then once we know exactally where we are cap wise we will work on resigning the rest of the guys. Semin I think was only different because he was going to cost a lot and we needed to know how much he was going to take up before the deadline so we know how much we can spend on guys and not have them HAVE to be a FA after this season.

Posted by: icehammer97 | February 6, 2011 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: icehammer97 | February 6, 2011 2:35 PM | Report abuse

So Knuble get caught with a high stick and bleeds no call, MP has a stick near a Pens skater and he falls and we get called. Gotta love NHL refs.

Posted by: icehammer97 | February 6, 2011 2:38 PM | Report abuse

While I know we blew the Montreal game...the officiating lately. Has been killing the boys.

Posted by: OVIHtrick8 | February 6, 2011 2:41 PM | Report abuse

@icehammer97

... do you have a theory for explaining the behaviour of the refs? ... ;-)

... the refs are just human and sometimes they don't see even obvious things ...

Posted by: FCKoeln1 | February 6, 2011 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Figures it would be Cooke who went knee to knee on Ovechkin.

Posted by: icehammer97 | February 6, 2011 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Figures it would be Cooke who had the dirty play. What a joke he is, how long until he is in the KHL with his idol Chris Simon?

Posted by: icehammer97 | February 6, 2011 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Wow the NBC guys are actually calling a dirty play by the Pens a dirty play, wow

Posted by: icehammer97 | February 6, 2011 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Are comments being reviewed now? What's up with that? I tried to post and it said that Katie was reviewing my post.

Posted by: youaresquishy | February 6, 2011 2:53 PM | Report abuse

So that is what it takes for Knuble to finally put one in.

Posted by: icehammer97 | February 6, 2011 2:54 PM | Report abuse

I just wanted to say that I have a theory that explains the ridiculous officiating today: Paul Devorski is an idiot. He really is--not joking. He's just dumb, and partially as a result of this, he is an incompetent referee.

I also want to say that Matt Cooke's knee on knee hit seems pretty clearly intentional, and he should be suspended for several games.

I too am shocked that NBC's announcers seemed to agree.

Posted by: youaresquishy | February 6, 2011 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Good way to start the day now if only the other Pittsburgh team can go down too.

BTW what did I say Neuvy wanted to get these guys.

Posted by: icehammer97 | February 6, 2011 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Great!

3 : 0 !

Posted by: FCKoeln1 | February 6, 2011 2:56 PM | Report abuse

A THOROUGHLY satisfying win. (God, I hate the Pens more every time we play them.)

Posted by: wocoliz | February 6, 2011 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Penguins suck big time.

Posted by: zmega | February 6, 2011 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Neuvy is the #1 star. Well deserved.

Posted by: wocoliz | February 6, 2011 2:58 PM | Report abuse

AWESOME!

I hate Pittsburgh!

Take that crap....and I hope your football team embarrasses themselves!

Posted by: SoaringCaps | February 6, 2011 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Man, is that Penguins team soft or what?

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | February 6, 2011 3:00 PM | Report abuse

@youaresquishy

if Paul Devorski would be "an idiot" he would make bad calls for both sides (the bad calls would be even out over the long run ...)

However the result is great but we should not forget that the Pens were playing without two guys ...

Posted by: FCKoeln1 | February 6, 2011 3:01 PM | Report abuse

I also want to point out the distinction between missing a call and making stuff up.

Missing a call is understandable--if you didn't see Knuble get nailed in the face with a stick you can't call it. Fine. You can't guess what happened, and if you didn't see it, you didn't see it. Whatever.

If you see Hendricks contacting the Pittsburgh goalie, and you didn't see what caused Hendricks to move that way, you also can't call it. If you call something you didn't actually see, i.e. if you call Hendricks for interference on the goaltender without knowing whether he was pushed into said goaltender by a defender, you are just MAKING STUFF UP.

All referees miss stuff. Only bad referees make stuff up.

Shameful was the Hendricks call.

I know it might not look like Hendricks wasn't completely knocked down by the Penguins defender, but look at his legs. He was pushed hard enough to be tripped up by Fleury's leg. It's very clear he had no chance to avoid the contact.

Posted by: youaresquishy | February 6, 2011 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Anyone else think that Cooke hit was intentional?

Great job Caps...Pens played tough D in that game, but we battled through. MoJo looked good, and our 4th line worked great...

horrible refs! First washing out that goal and giving us a penalty, then missing a blatant high stick to Knuble when the puck was right there!

Pens were starting to take some liberties with us there...we gotta punish them for that.

Posted by: capscoach | February 6, 2011 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Very good win by the Caps, looked a bit lax towards the end of the second but came back in the third to shut it down. Anyone here want to complain about the Caps toughness?

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | February 6, 2011 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Cooke's knee shot on Ovechkin is type of dirty play the NHL needs to clean up. The Caps could have lost their top player for a significant period of time. Officials let a high stick whee Knuble was cut go, but could a borderline trip on Perrault less than 15 seconds later? Devorski let too much go as the Penguins were desperate in the 3rd period to get anything going.

Great win by the Caps. Let's keep our fingers crossed that Green's cut isn't a concussion as that was vicious shot even with his helmet. It was good to see the Caps wouldn't let him return even if wanted to later in the game. The D held up real well the rest of the game but can't afford to be without Green for an extended period of time.

Posted by: wizfan89 | February 6, 2011 3:03 PM | Report abuse

"JapersRink JapersRink
Orpik went over to #Caps trainer after the buzzer, presumably to inquire about Green. Class move."

Interesting, I never thought I would see Orpik and Class in the same sentence without the word no in it.

Posted by: icehammer97 | February 6, 2011 3:07 PM | Report abuse

I think that Knee on knee was intentional!

Those refs sucked! First the call on Hendricks, then missing the high stick on knuble when the puck was right there!

Pens played very strong D and we battled well. Ovie looked tender after that blocked shot, but he battled hard...poor steckel...he has no clue how to fight...but major props to him for trying!

Posted by: capscoach | February 6, 2011 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Matt Cooke and Ben Rothlisberger - class all the way Pittsburgh. And where is BigGameSid?

Posted by: zmega | February 6, 2011 3:08 PM | Report abuse

FCKoeln1,

Some would say we've had a couple of guys MIA all season.

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | February 6, 2011 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Have the Capitals not lost Ovechkin for a significant period of time, wizfan89? It looked like he was pretty well hurt to me.

I wouldn't be surprised if Ovechkin is out for quite a while.

Posted by: youaresquishy | February 6, 2011 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Stop with the whining about refs, it's juvenile.

Of course refs miss the occasional call, and of course they make up the occasional call, based on not 100% seeing something. BFD, calls even out.

These guys are the best in the world, and if y'all tried it you'd be laughably pathetic.

Posted by: spunkydawg1 | February 6, 2011 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Stop with the whining about refs, it's juvenile.

Of course refs miss the occasional call, and of course they make up the occasional call, based on not 100% seeing something. BFD, calls even out.

These guys are the best in the world, and if y'all tried it you'd be laughably pathetic.

Posted by: spunkydawg1 | February 6, 2011 3:13 PM | Report abuse

youaresquishy,

He was back out on the ice after the knee-on-knee so, it will probably be sore and he might miss a few games. Let's hope so anyway.

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | February 6, 2011 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Ovie played on the PP after the Cooke hit. He is not going to miss any time.

Posted by: icehammer97 | February 6, 2011 3:16 PM | Report abuse

"This is Matt Cooke. He knows damn well what he did." - Bruce Boudreau just a minute ago

Posted by: youaresquishy | February 6, 2011 3:18 PM | Report abuse

How stupid the Pens are. As if fighting Steckel is going to change the past (or the future), whatever. Anyway, Stecks should get some training in that area so that next time he'll put up a better showing. As it was, I don't think he did too bad.

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | February 6, 2011 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Stop with the whining about refs, it's juvenile.

Of course refs miss the occasional call, and of course they make up the occasional call, based on not 100% seeing something. BFD, calls even out.

These guys are the best in the world, and if y'all tried it you'd be laughably pathetic.

Posted by: spunkydawg1

nonsense! the puck was right in front of knuble! if a ref misses that call shame on them! And as a ref you can't see the last second of a play and then waive off a goal and call a penalty on the same team! those are not excusable...we should have been up 2-0 and instead we have to play 2 minutes on the PK...

Posted by: capscoach | February 6, 2011 3:20 PM | Report abuse

@FCKoeln1...the Caps have been without significant pieces of their lineup too...while Fehr is not in Crosby's league, Semin is certainly as valuable to the Caps if not more so than Malkin to the Pens...and they played most of the game down their #1 D-man.

And when was the last time the Penguins beat the Capitals in regulation? A pleasing trend if you ask me.

Posted by: bill_in_damascus | February 6, 2011 3:23 PM | Report abuse

These guys are not the best in the world, and I will not stop complaining about referee incompetence whenever it presents itself, nor will many other people who watch sports. It is not juvenile. It's a matter that is as fair for discussion as anything else relating to hockey.

The competence or lack thereof of the people discussing referee incompetence is completely irrelevant to everything anyone has said about this game on this website.

And as I said before it is expected that refs will occasionally miss a call, but only bad referees make stuff up. It is a big deal to just make stuff up. There is a huge difference between these things. If you cannot immediately see the difference, you are a complete idiot.

I believe every single thing you said, spunkydawg1, is wrong, except the thing you said about the competence of non-officials at hockey officiating, which might be true but which is completely irrelevant.

Posted by: youaresquishy | February 6, 2011 3:25 PM | Report abuse

What are the roles of the different officials during a hockey game? There are four of 'em out there and nobody saw anything?

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | February 6, 2011 3:28 PM | Report abuse

By "these guys," I mean to refer specifically to Paul Devorski and his buddy, the referees in today's game (I think Dave Jackson is his name).

Posted by: youaresquishy | February 6, 2011 3:29 PM | Report abuse

We need to beat the Pens in the trade market as well. Second line center. Get it done.

Posted by: coastallp74 | February 6, 2011 3:30 PM | Report abuse

I think if you were to rank the quality of officiating in professional sports, the NHL would come out at the bottom. The problem starts from the top with Campbell. Campbell practices special agendas and tolerates the same with his officials.

Posted by: zmega | February 6, 2011 3:31 PM | Report abuse

@ billindamascus,

I was just about to write the same thing. We were without Green for most of the game and Semin. I have no pity for the Pens.

Nice win all around. Glad to see the Caps are playing the way they should. Good playoff hockey.

Nothing was better than seeing Knuble scoring a goal with his face all beat up just to remind the refs of the really horrible missed call.

Posted by: CTCapsPhan | February 6, 2011 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Stop with the whining about refs, it's juvenile.
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wanna know what's even more juvenile? complaining about the heads on TV as if they're supposed to say nice things about the Caps ALL the time.

Posted by: joek443 | February 6, 2011 3:34 PM | Report abuse

@coastallp74

I was thinking the same thing...centers are going to be expensive at the deadline.

Posted by: capscoach | February 6, 2011 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Who do the Caps go after at the deadline? Who fits our system and will upgrade the team? Who do we send to get those players?

Posted by: patljr7 | February 6, 2011 3:37 PM | Report abuse

You know if the last two games are the Caps after turning on the "playoff switch" then maybe they were just fooling us before the All-Star game. They didn't look like a soft team today or a team that needed King out there to protect team. Now I do hope we still go out and get a center for the playoffs but if MJ90 and MP can play like the two of them have in the last two games that need is not as big. Yes they still are not getting enough points to be a true second line center but right now we don't have either of our second line wings in Semin and Fehr. Getting them back will help whoever is the second line center and if those two keep playing as hard as they have the last two games they can be a good #2 center.

Posted by: icehammer97 | February 6, 2011 3:40 PM | Report abuse

You know the Redwings need a goalie ..... how badly I wonder?

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | February 6, 2011 3:40 PM | Report abuse

The last two games greatly increase the chance that GMGM will go after a 2C, IMO.

Posted by: zmega | February 6, 2011 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Who do the Caps go after at the deadline? Who fits our system and will upgrade the team? Who do we send to get those players?

Posted by: patljr7

I say give up picks....we have so many potentially great prospects that a bad draft year won't really hurt us...we have about 5 potential stars developing in hershey and other places...I don't want to give em up.

Perrault could be added to sweeten a pot 2! He isn't bad and could help a different team

Posted by: capscoach | February 6, 2011 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Who do the Caps go after at the deadline? Who fits our system and will upgrade the team? Who do we send to get those players?
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The question is how much is GMGM willing to give up to really go for it this year.

Does he wanna keep winning the Calder Cup or the Stanley??

Posted by: joek443 | February 6, 2011 3:44 PM | Report abuse

@youaresquishy and others:

If you really think that your team doesn't succeed because of bad referees... or unlucky bounces... or karma... then you are juvenile.

Posted by: spunkydawg1 | February 6, 2011 3:48 PM | Report abuse

@spunkydawg1

no one said thats why our team doesn't succeed! we did succeed! but refs have a job to do and if they don't do it then they should be called out...just like we call out our own players when they don't perform

and those two examples were ludicrous! It is one thing to miss a hook or trip...another to miss a double minor when the puck was right there and call of a goal b/c u only saw the last second of a play so you MADE UP the rest of what happened in your imagination.

Posted by: capscoach | February 6, 2011 3:52 PM | Report abuse

I am not a fan of fighting — fighting-free playoff hockey is the greatest theatre on TV — but I really hope DJ King suits up the next time Washington plays the Penguins.

Posted by: DC2Dallas | February 6, 2011 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Looks like the Caps woke up from their slumber. Let's hope that this little streak is no an abberation, but a sign of things to come. Who knows with this team, though. Still, two wins are two wins. They should show similiar urgency every game. Discipline is best when practiced on a daily basis.

Posted by: Almazar80 | February 6, 2011 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Yes, spunkydawg1. The Capitals won today 3-0.

Remarkably poor officiating will be remarked upon. This is pretty standard in all manner of conversations about sports. Even NBC commentators were making comments about it.

I appreciate you not calling me and the other whiners here names worse than "juvenile" though. If I'm wrong about what I said, I can accept being considered juvenile. When it comes down to it, grown men watching other men play a game is a little juvenile, maybe.

Posted by: youaresquishy | February 6, 2011 4:06 PM | Report abuse

@youaresquishy.

I liked your comments. Now that you mention it, all of us following sports is kinda juvenile. :-)

I agree that referees should be reviewed, mistakes pointed out, bad refs replaced by better new ones, etc. And that does happen, though never as fast as fans would like. But really, I think refereeing is about as good as it's ever gonna get. It's a very difficult job. (And please, don't anybody get started on instant replay, the bane of fun, which is what sports are supposed to be.)

I just don't like lots of whining about refs/luck, since it all evens out in the end. And I never hear, say, Caps fans moaning about some awful missed call where we clearly slashed Crosby and the refs missed it, how terrible! So all the ref-whining just seems, well... you know.

Posted by: spunkydawg1 | February 6, 2011 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Just to make the NHL refs feel better, the NBA refs really stink. At least the NHL refs have never been accused of fixing games...or are there some conspiracy theorists out there?

For those of you who don't think the Caps have a beef, search out the comparisons done last year about the Capitals & Penguins penalty calls. So unbalanced as to be statistically significant.

Further, if you watch the replay on the Cooke hit, the ref looking right at it did NOT raise his arm! It was the back ref that made the call.

It is a foregone conclusion - if the Capitals want to win anything, they have to beat the other team, the officials...and perhaps even themselves.

Posted by: bill_in_damascus | February 6, 2011 4:26 PM | Report abuse

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