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Posted at 1:16 PM ET, 02/ 7/2011

Capitals erring on the side of caution with Mike Green

By Katie Carrera

Coach Bruce Boudreau said the Capitals are playing it safe with defenseman Mike Green, who did not take part in Monday's practice after being struck in the head by a slap shot Sunday afternoon against the Penguins. Green had several rows of stitches near his right ear and said after Washington's 3-0 win that he felt a little woozy immediately following the incident.

Boudreau wouldn't go into specifics when discussing how long Green might be out, though, or if the team might have him sit out Tuesday's game against the Sharks as a precaution.

"He's not 100 percent; we thought another day off would do him good," said Boudreau, who was asked if the team was guarding against the possibility of a concussion. "I think we'd have to. It's definitely way more serious now, any injury to the head, than it was 10-15 years ago, we always err with the side of caution."

"You're always concerned because Mike Green is one of the best defensemen in the league, so you're concerned about that," Boudreau continued when asked if there was worry of lingering effects of Green being hit in the head by the puck. "You just hope that that's not the case and we'll wait til tomorrow morning and hopefully he feels better.

"We will re-evaluate tomorrow," he said, "and we will listen to what the trainer and Mike have to say and that's the advice we'll use."

By Katie Carrera  | February 7, 2011; 1:16 PM ET
Categories:  Injuries, Mike Green  
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10-1 Mike Green's face today will look like one of Chris Brown's girlfriends.

Snoopy better not get scratched. WTF. aroooo aroooo aroooo (sound of a beagle barking)

Nice to see WTF_E_fehr skating...granted he probably is still out a bit. Wonder if he gets a conditioning stint before he comes back.

Yay Semin skating...hope he plays against San Josie.

I liked seeing Ovie get up and sock Cooke twice. He got in 2 nice shots. Just walked up and BAM BAM. Good stuff.

As for Shultz and his standing around. He gave a whack, but lets face it, he's Ferdinand. He likes roses.

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | February 7, 2011 1:17 PM

@TimeForACup

Please remove your had from the "Submit" button. Either that or your key might be stuck. ;)

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | February 7, 2011 1:20 PM | Report abuse

I know people like to knock Schulz for not hitting enough, and that criticism is fair, but did people see what Schulz did after Green got hit in the head with the puck?

Kunitz had a wide open chance for a goal, and Schulz knocked Kunitz on his a** to prevent the scoring chance. Very nice hit to prevent a scoring chance. Good job Schulzie.

If you did not see it, I suggest taking a look at the replay.

Also, my guess(and it is what I would do) is that Green will not play tomorrow.

Since the Caps next game after tomorrow isn't until Saturday it is probably best to sit him out for the week. That will give more time for them to diagnose the type and severity of head injury it is and more time to heal.

Posted by: sgm3 | February 7, 2011 1:38 PM | Report abuse

I know people like to knock Schulz for not hitting enough, and that criticism is fair, but did people see what Schulz did after Green got hit in the head with the puck
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I also saw 55 not doing much after the Cooke hit on Ovi even when Backstrom was going after Cooke.

This team team is so much better off when 55 is not among the top 4 D.

Posted by: joek443 | February 7, 2011 1:50 PM | Report abuse

I also saw 55 not doing much after the Cooke hit on Ovi even when Backstrom was going after Cooke.

This team team is so much better off when 55 is not among the top 4 D.

Posted by: joek443

That's wonderful, the question was did you see the play he made after Green got hit in the head?

That was much more impactful as the game would've been tied at 1 if he didn't make that play.

If Schulz should have gone after Cooke after he hit Ovie is a different topic of conversation.

Did you see the very good and impactful hit Schulz made and will you give him credit for hit?

Posted by: sgm3 | February 7, 2011 2:02 PM | Report abuse

So, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Nick Backstrom "crosschecked" Cooke in the face after innocent "skate-on-skate contact"...

I just took a visit to the Penguins message board... wow. Those people are sick. I've never seen so many people get disappointed when someone was able to get up off the ice. Between Ovie and Green, a lot of people are upset that neither were seriously injured.

Posted by: sabredc | February 7, 2011 2:04 PM | Report abuse

It makes me wonder about the Penguins and their duplicity and hypocrisy. So when Crosby supposedly was inappropriately hit on the head and given a concussion by Steckel, the Penguins play him. Green gets hit by a puck to the and we play it safe and keep him off, most likely, not play him against San Jose. Top that off, Crosby decides to make himself a martyr like he's the first person ever to be involved in a collision and decides to make it his personal crusade to make sure no hits to the head are tolerated. Probably thinks their poop smells like roses.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | February 7, 2011 2:13 PM | Report abuse

(Number taken from Jaspers' Rink)

Also, did people notice that Schulz has been on the ice for only 1 goal against the last 8 games. And has not been on the ice for a short handed goal against since November 19.

In addition, Ovie has gone 8 straight games without being on the ice for a goal against and Backstrom has gone 9 straight games.

Pretty amazing since all tmac2yao does is criticize Ovie's play as being risky and horrible defensively, but all this "bad" play by Ovie(and Backstrom) have led to no goals against. I'll keep on taking those results.

Posted by: sgm3 | February 7, 2011 2:13 PM | Report abuse

It makes me wonder about the Penguins and their duplicity and hypocrisy. So when Crosby supposedly was inappropriately hit on the head and given a concussion by Steckel, the Penguins play him. Green gets hit by a puck to the and we play it safe and keep him off, most likely, not play him against San Jose. Top that off, Crosby decides to make himself a martyr like he's the first person ever to be involved in a collision and decides to make it his personal crusade to make sure no hits to the head are tolerated. Probably thinks their poop smells like roses.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | February 7, 2011 2:16 PM | Report abuse

@LeftCoastCapsFan,
I agree 100%. Where was Crosby's crusade when Cooke took out Savard? And THAT was an intentional hit. He's not a martyr by any definition of the word; attention wh*re is more like it.

Posted by: sabredc | February 7, 2011 2:29 PM | Report abuse

@sabredc

I have read the Pittsburgh blogs before, too, and am really surprised by their lack of humanity in many of their comments. I would never respond as I don't believe in trolling. I always seem to get stuck in front of a Pens fan at our games who provide continual commentary throughout the game, explaining to all around him how Capitals fans don't understand hockey rules, how each of the actions of his Pens players are beyond criticism by fans and referees, and what horrible players and people skate for the Capitals team. I swear they grow up in a culture of ignorance and/or lack of education. Maybe there is something in the water after all those years of the steel mills polluting the rivers. Maybe the Iron City Beer is poisoned. Whatever the case, they do have show consistent pattern of ignorance. I also wonder why all the Pittsburgh fans are overweight? I digress..

I know I am generalizing and being a bit smarmy but it's fun to point out a few trends.

Maybe this should be a topic for Katie's next Line Change series.

Posted by: AADCDERM | February 7, 2011 6:01 PM | Report abuse

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