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Mike Green wrestles with Bobby Ryan

When Mike Green and Bobby Ryan had a brief dalliance near the end of the second period during Wednesday night's Caps win, multiple people--online and on television--suggested that this looked more like a wrestling match or MMA bout than a traditional stand-and-slug hockey fight. Regardless, as with all combat sports, there were some great visuals of the incident. Any time leg-locks factor into hockey fights, I'm on-board.

In case you missed the festivities, here's a pictorial recap. And yes, this gimmick is probably getting old. See if that stops me.

1) It started off fairly normally as the men skated toward the Washington net. First Green gave Ryan a right to the head. Then Ryan reciprocated with, what else, a right to the head. Then both men headed into the boards together. Also, notice how they grow in size as this progresses. Weird.

"Bobby Ryan forced to the outside, then he mauls Green all the way to the window," narrates Joe B. on the CSN broadcast.

No one, but no one, talks cooler than a hockey announcer in heat.

2) Green goes for the immediate takedown, and scores how ever many points one of those is worth.

"Pushing and shoving, a little head shot, a head shot back, and down they go," Craig Laughlin says.

3) When they land on the ice, they assume a rather unfortunate position. Green appears to be straddling Ryan's head. That's not good for anyone.

"Those two stay entangled," is how Joe B. puts it.

"Green had the upperhand there," Laughlin later adds.

4) By any angle, this is weird-looking, and so a readjustment is necessary to continue any hostilities.

5) And so they roll.

"Watch the quick spin move!" Locker says.

6) And roll.

7) And roll.

8) And as they keep rolling, Green's legs get involved in the fray.

9) "Green going with the leg lock," Joe B. observes. "Mike Green's an MMA fan. That looked like it had a little bit of that to it, didn't it?"

"Yeah, it did," agrees Laughlin, who later admits he doesn't know what MMA stands for.

"Like he was fighting from the guard," Beninati adds.

10) Ryan, meantime, is going for the pin.

"And there was nothing he could do down there," Laughlin goes on. "You feel helpless. I mean, you're being pinned down, you're given head shots, you're getting kneed. And Greenie, as you mentioned, just tries to wrap him up with his legs."

11) While Ryan is continuing to punch Green in the head. That seems unsporting. The three count, meantime, seems imminent. In traditional wrestling narratives, it would now be time for an ally to rush out of the tunnel and spring into the ring to interrupt the pin. Sure, maybe that's against the rules, but you'd rather have a double DQ than a pin, right?

12) Mr. Nasty!

13) And, mayhem. If you look closely, you'll see that behind the forest of legs, Ryan is continuing to punch Green in the head. Still, it's sort of unclear who got the better of things. I'll call it a draw.

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 29, 2010; 12:18 PM ET
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Why the heck did he give up the mount to pull some sort fo half-arsed guard?

Posted by: tha_prophet | January 29, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

These pics make me think Ryan is lucky he didn't end up with a skate blade in his throat. Yikes.

Posted by: JillC | January 29, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

2 points for the takedown, fyi. Ryan gets 1 for the escape, and 2 more for his takedown of Green, unless you want to say it was all in one motion, the escaping and takedown, then Ryan gets 2 points for a reversal. So it was a tie or Ryan wins.

Posted by: Tony-Tony-Tony | January 29, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Holy freaking hell! Greener goes for a triangle choke from the guard! And he could've easily slipped his leg over the head and cranked the arm bar. That is phenomenal, Green might have taken some abuse once Ryan got into his guard, but attempting a submission hold in hockey gear & skates while on ice is perhaps the coolest fight I've ever seen in hockey.

Oh, and Tony there are no points for escape in MMA (only traditional wrestling). Give Greener a point for the takedown, Ryan a point for the reversal, Greener a point for the submission attempt, Ryan a point for the strikes and you've got an even match.

Posted by: StikSav | January 29, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Worth noting that it's early in the third that Ovechkin completely and absolutely levels Ryan, not long in game time after this happened.

Posted by: kittypawz | January 29, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

We definitely need entrance music for Mr. Nasty, any suggestions?

Posted by: sloozebury | January 29, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

I never get sick of your frame by frame recaps. Keep em coming!

Posted by: mikeyvanilli | January 29, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

A. No one ever tires of a Steinz frame-by-frame.

B. What was Greener thinking giving up the mount?

C. The ref was watching the entire thing. I sit to the goalie's left, this happened behind the net, and the ref was in the far corner (to the goalie's right) watching this whole thing unfold. I believe he mouthed something along the lines of "Whoa, whoa, whoa, come on guys." From there, he just watched it happen. I found it amusing that two guys could engage in that kind of fraternization on the ice in front of the chaperone and the chaperone lets it go on.

D. That made my weekend. Thanks for the amusement. My wife is in tears reading it as I write this in the next room.

Posted by: DCRhino | January 29, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

This was much more interesting when I accidentally read "Mike Wise wrestles Bobby Ryan" on my RSS reader. Thought the TK show had spilled into the streets somehow.

Posted by: WorstSeat | January 30, 2010 8:58 AM | Report abuse

DAN, you finally cover wrestling! Not to argue with Tony but I score it 2 pt takedown Green, (2)Near Fall Green (3)Reversal Ryan (2) Near Fall Ryan (3)and without a timer, I can't tell if he pinned him....

Posted by: BushH8er | February 1, 2010 7:04 AM | Report abuse

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