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Mike Green and his defensive agenda

Without Tom Poti in the lineup Monday against the Senators there was a considerable chunk of even strength and penalty killing minutes to be picked up by someone, or a combination of someones on the Capitals roster. Throughout the Capitals 3-2 overtime win, that responsibility fell largely to Mike Green, who played a game-high 31 minutes and 53 seconds -- many of which came against Ottawa's primary offensive threats.

While Green may have just one point through three games this season, the two-time Norris Trophy candidate's defensive contributions have been very visible. In three games, he has a plus-4 rating, eight hits and has blocked seven shots and just been reliable in his own end.

"Me and [Jeff Schultz] have our agendas and that's to shut down their [No.] 1 line," Green said. "It was a plan tonight that we get in their faces and make sure they don't have room. They're great skaters and great puck handlers and as long as we stay up on them they're not going to have much. I thought Schultzie did a great job I was just following his lead."

Said Coach Bruce Boudreau: "He might not be getting the points but he sure is playing well."

The offensive fireworks everyone has grown accustomed to from Green may not be there yet, but there's no reason to believe he won't find his way on the score sheet often enough through this season.

-- If you haven't already read about the Capitals 3-2 overtime win against the Senators, which was sealed by Alex Ovechkin's clutch goal in the extra session, but it was largely the play of the penalty killers and goaltender Michal Neuvirth that got Washington that far Monday night.

The quote of the evening goes to Boudreau on Ovechkin's tally: "Only Alex can play like he did and score the overtime winner and be the hero."

-- Also, colleague Gene Wang breaks down the various contributors on Washington's penalty kill against the Senators.

-- On the injury front, Boudreau said Poti and Matt Bradley, who did not return for the start of the second period, both "tweaked a lower-body part." They're both day-to-day.

-- The Capitals practice at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

By Katie Carrera  | October 12, 2010; 12:34 AM ET
Categories:  Mike Green, Ottawa Senators  
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i hope that no one gets on Green about his point production.

He needs to keep playing this way and not worry about his points. They'll come. He needs to keep playing good defensively.

Posted by: cstanton1 | October 12, 2010 12:00 AM | Report abuse

WTF! WTF! WTF!!! Did Mike Green just say that he needs to follow "Schultzie's lead"?

Please Lord have mercy on my soul!

Posted by: pokerfaceI208 | October 12, 2010 12:58 AM | Report abuse

Both of them have played a great game so far. I think taking a lot of the defensive offensive threat off Green via Carlson is helping out a lot. We have more than one weapons from the point now.

Posted by: richmondphil2 | October 12, 2010 1:05 AM | Report abuse

Just hoping no more "lower body parts" get "tweaked". At least not with Hockey related activities.

Posted by: Timo17 | October 12, 2010 3:31 AM | Report abuse

Greenies' looking good, more on the play, more physical. Poor choices from time to time passing into the offensive zone but his D looks good. His shot is wicked; no worries there.

Posted by: Justafan | October 12, 2010 6:13 AM | Report abuse

I've said this before, I will say it again...GREEN is so good and is so young. He turns 25 today. Only 25!!! The best is yet to come for this kid and it sure looks like its starting to come right now. Once he starts to hit the net on those near miss shots it will be all good.

Posted by: jimc93 | October 12, 2010 6:56 AM | Report abuse

Previous thread..NJ GM on thin ice dressing only 15 skaters

I would think the NJ TEAM is pretty ticked off by are risking more injury and major fatigue when you don't have enough skaters. And what if another player got injured during the game? Anyone know how the coach managed TOI? I mean Pitt couldn't have been playing all that well beating them only 3-1 (wasn't 1 an empty netter?)

Posted by: capscoach | October 12, 2010 7:22 AM | Report abuse

I am glad to see that, so far, the Caps defense is playing more physical. The PK is much more aggressive and has the speed to be aggressive effectively.

The defensive zone give-aways are much more disconcerting. Some players seem to be trying to do too much, be too fancy, looking for the incredible break out pass, instead of the smart, safe pass. That can be a problem with such talented players -- trying to do the incredible, when the mundane works just fine.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS1 | October 12, 2010 8:00 AM | Report abuse


Atlanta is stating that it looks like Pavelec simply had a fainting spell...I have never heard of someone passing out for 30min just from a little spell. Does this make sense to anyone else? And is it possible that it is drug related and the team just doesn't know because of doctor patient confidentiality. Doesn't the league have the right to drug test him?

Posted by: capscoach | October 12, 2010 8:01 AM | Report abuse

sorry to keep posting but I thought this quote from RMNB was kinda funny!

â– The Senators should have rolled some cots and a hot plate into the Caps zone; they spent enough damn time in there. JUST CLEAR THE PUCK, JOHN.

Posted by: capscoach | October 12, 2010 8:10 AM | Report abuse

Oh, and that Ruutu dive for an interference call on OV was a horrid call. I think the refs figured it out when they gave Ruutu 2 for the exaggerated fall from the Erskine hit on his chin. Ruutu did tap Erskine when Neuvy squeezed the puck, but Erskine earned his 2 minutes. Ruutu is an embarrassment for the league.

In other news, TSN's board is beating up Lou in NJ for his cap shananigans. I love laughing at his stupid long term deals to old players and then the ginormous Kovi deal -- hahaha. They will have to lose Parise or Zajac, and maybe both, before next season.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS1 | October 12, 2010 8:14 AM | Report abuse

@capscoach -

he had a fainting spell but then he hit his head on the ice which knocked him out cold and gave him a concussion, kind of a double whammy.

Posted by: Bagher | October 12, 2010 8:44 AM | Report abuse

@cstanton1 - I usually am slamming Green, but I'll take what he's done so far over the points as long as the Caps keep winning.

The NJ situation is just rediculous. First Lou screws with the salary cap, then Saturday night's debalce of a third period and now just dressing 15 forwards.

Someone said it earlier, Lou has flipped his lid, besides his middle finger at the league.

Can he be suspended ala The Boss?

Posted by: jwash4472 | October 12, 2010 8:52 AM | Report abuse


Why the speculation on drugs?

I'll let the professionals handle the diagnosis - go find Mel Gibson and let him hunt down the conspiracy theories. (sorry, couldn't help myself)

Posted by: jeets | October 12, 2010 8:56 AM | Report abuse


it was just a question...and I think a reasonable one. Bagher was probably right in that the blow to the head on the fall might have caused the extended trip to unconciousness. I just think that 30min in the dark is pretty darn scary!

Posted by: capscoach | October 12, 2010 9:13 AM | Report abuse

Regarding the Jersey situation, I think the league as whole now looks bad. We lost an entire year of hockey due to this nonsense, and within 5 years we're watching a team that can't ice a full team because the owner and GM couldn't keep it in their pants. Bettman will put more effort into suspending Wizniewski' for his oral gesture than dealing with Jersey.

By the way, didn't Gary say that ticket prices would go down a result of the salary cap?

Anyway, good to see the Caps get the win.

Posted by: Fletch22 | October 12, 2010 9:17 AM | Report abuse wasn't 15 forwards, it was 15 SKATERS...

Posted by: nimrodrsp | October 12, 2010 9:18 AM | Report abuse

"tweaked a lower-body part."

Man, I hate when that happens.

Posted by: nativedc | October 12, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

I think the guys are getting it. Defense wins championships. With the speed and size of the Caps' forwards, we should be a deadly backchecking team. All it takes is attitude.

Posted by: McLobo | October 12, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

@ capscoach.

Fellow girl here..anyway I contributed the "fainting spell" to hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). The young man probably didn't eat a sufficient meal or snack before the game. He may have gotten lightheaded or dizzy from being in the goalie's usually stance that may restrict blood flow.
I think that we forget that these are very young men (kids really) who may not have a hockey mom to remind them to "eat something!"
No drugs, just first game jitters compacted by something else.

Posted by: nicety251 | October 12, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

I like greene but he sure is a wimp. He's sure no tough guy. He's never had a fight in his career until "The Dance" They stayed so far away from each other it was funny. Both with open hands waiting for the reffs to stop it. What a laugher.


Posted by: duckyjimpond | October 12, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

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