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Caps’ Green: ‘I think I’m coming into my own again’

Dec 26, 2013, 2:07 PM EDT

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Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green is one of the NHL’s most prolific scorers from the blueline, so it’s no surprise that he was a little rattled by failing to score a goal for the first 24 games of the season. He told the Washington Post that he believes he’s put those struggles behind him, though.

“I was fighting it for a little while,” Green said. “But I think I’m coming into my own again. I think it’s just taken some time to get my feel in the game. Sometimes you go through those stretches. It’s definitely gone on a little longer than I’ve wanted, but I feel I’m improving.”

The 28-year-old has a pair of goals in 10 December games, and he’s been productive enough assists-wise overall, as helpers account for 16 of his 18 points in 34 contests.

One can credit Capitals head coach Adam Oates with helping Green not to panic when the goals weren’t coming.

“It’s like a quarterback who starts throwing some interceptions and starts second guessing his decisions and it affects his throws,” Oates said. “That’s a coach’s job is to help him through it.”

  1. trademikegreenforjoeflacco - Dec 26, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    Hmmmmm. My opinion remains unchanged.

  2. lowenni - Dec 26, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    Interesting perspective, although I completely disagree. I think he’s been absolutely horrendous this season and has progressively gotten worse as the season goes on.

  3. ovechcant - Dec 26, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    Really Mike? Really. I’m glad you think so. As long as you and the entire organization keep turning a blind eye to the deeply rooted problems this team has, nothing is ever gonna change. But hey, every few games the bounces go your way and you win a game in OT or shootout. Keep on keepin on you Emo Bum

  4. ibieiniid - Dec 26, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    yeah, coming into his own a**

  5. cspsrbums - Dec 26, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    Coming into his I really Green has cost the Caps more games then any other player because his defense is horrendous He cost the most recent game against the Ducks. The only other player playing worst then him is Holtby Green take a long look at yourself dude.

  6. captnstabn - Dec 26, 2013 at 9:18 PM

    Dude is soft as ice cream. He ducks every hit that comes his way. Caps need to dump him while he still has a little trade value ( which is quickly fading, if not gone already.). Finding a team that will pick up his ridiculous salary is not gonna happen though.

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