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Update on Green

Defenseman Mike Green missed the final few minutes of tonight's game after getting tangled up with Bolts rookie Steven Stamkos in the corner. It didn't look good, as Green stayed down for a moment and then was hunched over on the bench. But he said afterward that he only had the wind knocked out of him.

"I just kind of lost my breath," Green said. "I couldn't get my breath back. But I'm fine."

Green scored two goals tonight, including the winner, to pull to within three of the 30-goal plateau, something that hasn't been done by an NHL defenseman since Kevin Hatcher did it in 1992-93.

It should be noted that Green didn't seem to be in any pain, but he was walking slowly when he came back into the dressing room to talk to reporters. He did, however, laugh pretty hard when Brooks Laich shoved a shaving cream pie in Alex Ovechkin's face.

I'll definitely post an update on his status tomorrow morning. The Caps are scheduled to practice at 10 a.m.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  March 19, 2009; 11:30 PM ET
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Thank goodness. Cannot lose Greenie.

Posted by: crooks_c | March 19, 2009 11:40 PM | Report abuse

Well I trust this a lot more hearing he was joking around in the locker room. Can breathe a sigh of relief.

Posted by: Davethecapsfan | March 19, 2009 11:40 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the update. I think it knocked the breath out of a few of us.

Posted by: OldFan | March 19, 2009 11:40 PM | Report abuse

Definitely knocked the breath out of me. I hope that's all it is for real...

Posted by: irockthered | March 19, 2009 11:42 PM | Report abuse

I call bs.

Posted by: oo7 | March 19, 2009 11:42 PM | Report abuse

I'll be more comfortable if we hear tomorrow that he's still OK and able to play Saturday. A certain famous actress swore she was OK and was joking around after a ski accident this week....

Posted by: 1995hoo | March 19, 2009 11:43 PM | Report abuse

Either way, a cheap play by stamkos. If the caps have any spine, they would put him through the glass a week from tomorrow at VC

Posted by: O-V-P | March 19, 2009 11:44 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: vt_caps | March 19, 2009 11:48 PM | Report abuse

From Washington Times:

Both Green and Bruce Boudreau said he just had the wind knocked out of him. Green even went as far as to say he is fine. This may very well be true, but Green was moving very slowly after the game for someone who just had the wind knocked out of them.

Tarik: PLEASE get us an update. I apologize that I will not be serving my nation as well as I should tomorrow morning as I check back for news on Green. I have horrible flashbacks to when Rod Langway got his Achilles tendon slit against the despised New Jersey Devils back in '88 (I still hate Pat Verbeek). We cannot lose our top D before the playoffs. That shoulder looked rough.

Posted by: crooks_c | March 19, 2009 11:49 PM | Report abuse

I would think if it was a dislocated or separated shoulder, he'd be in a sling or something and not talking with reporters. So I don't think it's as bad as I was afraid of.

Posted by: decoy13 | March 19, 2009 11:49 PM | Report abuse


BS...probably, but I'll interpret this as Green's way of saying, "It looked worse than it feels now."

And I can feel good about that.

Posted by: PaintDrinkingPete | March 19, 2009 11:57 PM | Report abuse


I would have never remembered that Langway incident if you didn't bring it up. I think I was actually at that game with my father since I likely wouldn't have remembered it otherwise.

Posted by: tmac2yao | March 19, 2009 11:57 PM | Report abuse

Good to hear Greener's okay. I would hate to have had to kill a promising young rookie, no matter who he played for.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | March 20, 2009 12:04 AM | Report abuse

Solid performance. Rest up Caps. Saturday is a whole new game.

Posted by: cbs75 | March 20, 2009 12:07 AM | Report abuse


s'ok, great minds...

I've been off contemplating Green's wind problems and waiting to see if Ovi's celebration is enough to gain SportsCenter commentary.

And wondering why I have to watch Japan and Korea playing baseball

Posted by: austinsteve | March 20, 2009 12:09 AM | Report abuse

Crap. Hope BG's back in time for playoffs. He's gonna be heavily missied in PK.

Posted by: fnralch | March 19, 2009 7:23 PM

biggest myth in caps land is that our PK and other facets of our game take a huge hit if Boyd is out. If you replace him with the right type of player you can get better production out of this lineup. He is the most overhyped piece to the puzzle.

Posted by: cstanton1 | March 20, 2009 12:12 AM | Report abuse

And wondering why I have to watch Japan and Korea playing baseball

Posted by: austinsteve | March 20, 2009 12:09 AM

I'd much rather watch a competitive baseball game than a bunch of 5'9" kids from Western Great Plains Community College get absolutely massacred by UNC in basketball.....AND have to listen to a bunch of talking heads try and explain why this is of such great national importance.

Posted by: RedBirdie | March 20, 2009 12:15 AM | Report abuse

I don't buy it. He was dragging that left arm which is the shoulder he hurt in California.

Pretty good game. They kept with them and stepped it up a notch in the 3rd. That was good.

I hope they realize how close they are to winning not just the SE but the Conference, too. Playing solid games from now on will do wonders for post game. They don't have to win them all (they probably will if they do it), but solid play will give them the confidence to win in the post-season.

Posted by: Greg S. | March 20, 2009 12:20 AM | Report abuse


It's ok to hate Verbeek... he hates you too, hates everyone. His nickname was "The Little Ball of Hate"

Verbeek hates nuns
Verbeek hates orphans
Verbeek hates that AIG executives got bailout money for bonuses (Hey, if he hates everything, he'd hate that too)

If Green and Bruce both say that he's fine, he probably is. That said, let's see if he plays tomorrow in Carolina.

And don't worry, you won't be alone in your not being able to perform your duties to your best, although you have a much better excuse than the ones who stayed up all night watching College Bouncyball...

Posted by: MikeL-Caps911 | March 20, 2009 7:10 AM | Report abuse

@Greg S - apparently "...the wind bone is connected to the shoulder bone, the shoulder bone is connected to the mouth bone and the mouth bone is connected to the let's be as vague as possible about any boo boos until we absolutely have to tell the truth bone."

Posted by: ds_kelly | March 20, 2009 8:30 AM | Report abuse

ds_kelly; that is the funniest thing i've read on these boards, and illuminating!

Posted by: adamtomg | March 20, 2009 8:38 AM | Report abuse

WHEW!!! That was a close one Green!! I wonder if it ever crosses a coach's mind to bench the talented players during a blowout to prevent injuries with the playoffs being so close. God forbid Ovie or Green break an arm with four games to go when their prescence wasn't necessary late in a game to secure a victory (or accept a defeat.)

Posted by: thegeester | March 20, 2009 8:47 AM | Report abuse

That was a pretty unusual posture Green had when he left the ice. I think he dislocated his shoulder. It becomes a chronic condition once you pop it out. I had surgery to repair mine and I am very familiar with that posture. (apparently I am not as good a water skier as I thought I was) Sometimes it hurts like H and sometimes it pops right back in. I lived with it for quite a while but I am not a pro hockey player. Trainers know how to pop it back in but surgery is the only way to fix it. God bless Greenie, he's a good guy.

Posted by: Hank11 | March 20, 2009 10:16 AM | Report abuse

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