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Mike Green spends key part of close game warming bench

Oct 23, 2013, 9:26 AM EDT

The Washington Capitals matched the Winnipeg Jets blow-for-blow on Tuesday and managed to come out ahead with a 5-4 shootout victory. Before that happened though, with the game tied midway through the third period, the Capitals coaches decided that top defenseman Mike Green‘s night was over.

Green had already played a role in two Jets goals, including a neutral zone turnover that resulted in a shorthanded marker. You can see that below:

“I didn’t think Greenie was having his best night,” Washington coach Adam Oates told the Washington Post. “The other guys were going pretty good, it got late in the game and I think [assistant coach] Calle [Johansson] just went with [John Carlson] and [Steve Oleksy] for a couple shifts.”

Still, Oates tempered his criticisms of Green beyond that by calling this a “minor hiccup.” Green has a minus-six rating, which puts him in a tie for second worst on the team in that category. He also has five assists while averaging 24:33 minutes per contest.

  1. ibieiniid - Oct 23, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    funny thing about hiccups…. you normally don’t have just one.

    this girl does a good Mike Green impression: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eEFZyqFrJMQ

  2. barkar942 - Oct 23, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    Mike DelGreeno.

  3. jrocknstuff - Oct 23, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    Any long time Caps fan knows this is not news. The one thing about Green, he can’t play D, never could. That’s why he never won the Norris and honestly should never have been nominated. He has been a defensive liability his entire career. He used to he an offensive talent, now he’s just a giant dent in our payroll.

  4. obnoxiousDCfan - Oct 23, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    I think I can speak for most Real Caps fans when I say that, at this point, Green’s gotta go. It’s not ’09 any more.

    • babykaby - Oct 26, 2013 at 5:07 AM

      I’m a Caps fan and you don’t speak for me. John Carlson has played just as badly as Green with constant turnovers (especially in his own end) and John Erskine is playing along the same lines as Jeff Schultz used to. The entire D isn’t playing well.

  5. jrocknstuff - Oct 23, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    Green and McPhee

  6. dipthatchip - Oct 23, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    Not only was his giveaway pass lazy, he put zero effort into defending the 2 on 1. So…we have a 5.25M cap hit for a powerplay quarterback; sweet.

  7. jrocknstuff - Oct 23, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    We’re 2-5 in regulation/OT. Imagine where we would be without Ovechkin’s dominance? I hate to say it fellas, but I’ve seen this before from the Caps in the early 2000′s. If McPhee isn’t shown the door after this season, we will be rebuilding again within the next 3 years.

    • obnoxiousDCfan - Oct 24, 2013 at 12:46 PM

      He should have been shown the door after the Presidents Cup curse.

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