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Video: Capitals defenseman Mike Green leaves game with injury

Jan 30, 2014, 9:13 PM EST

The Washington Capitals are already losing to the Columbus Blue Jackets, but they may now lose defenseman Mike Green due to injury, as well.

Green left Thursday’s game in the first period after he was involved in a collision against the end boards with Columbus forward Boone Jenner. The incident occurred with 6:43 left in the opening period. Green hasn’t played a shift since.

According to the Capitals, Green’s return to the game was questionable due to an upper-body injury. Jenner was not penalized on the play. The Capitals began the third period trailing the Blue Jackets by a score of 4-1.

  1. djamesbart - Jan 30, 2014 at 9:18 PM

    Ovechkin. A solid -5 for the game so far.

    • taintedlombardis - Jan 30, 2014 at 10:14 PM

      Greatest player in the world. Goals >>> assists.

      • jpelle82 - Jan 31, 2014 at 10:30 AM

        wins > losses. wins > goals. 0 goals + win > 3 goals + loss. assist + win > goal + loss.

  2. jrs45 - Jan 30, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    Wasn’t even that bad of a hit IMO.

  3. killerpgh - Jan 30, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    Kind of surprised they blew the whistle there while the BJ’s had the puck in the offensive zone.

    • shortsxit34 - Jan 30, 2014 at 10:27 PM

      Unless there is an immediate scoring chance, the play is supposed to be blown dead any time there’s a head injury.

      • killerpgh - Jan 30, 2014 at 11:38 PM

        The rule says nothing about “head injury”. It says serious injury. I wouldn’t call what happened to Green a serious injury while watching the video. My 1st thought was a shoulder injury to Green from the awkward way he went into the boards. If he flew into the boards head first or took a puck to the neck/head I would agree with the quick whistle. But I have seen many times were plays like that have been let to play out while the other team has possession of the puck.

        http://www.nhl.com/ice/page.htm?id=26284

        When a player is injured so that he cannot continue play or go to his bench, the play shall not be stopped until the injured player’s team has secured possession of the puck. If the player’s team is in possession of the puck at the time of injury, play shall be stopped immediately unless his team is in a scoring position.

        In the case where it is obvious that a player has sustained a serious injury, the Referee and/or Linesman may stop the play immediately.

      • shortsxit34 - Jan 31, 2014 at 12:00 AM

        You’re playing semantics. Head (or spine) injuries tend to be the only injuries that result in an immediate whistle. Otherwise, what do you define as a serious injury? Getting a tooth knocked out? Breaking your foot blocking a shot? Injuring your leg and not being able to even skate to the bench? Those are all “serious injuries” where play goes on.

        Green got his head smashed into the glass, immediately went down in a heap, and lied there motionless. And that doesn’t even take into account that he was in a good position to get nailed with a deflected shot from the point.

        I’m sure not going to question the referee’s decision to make sure he was tended to immediately.

  4. elvispocomo - Jan 30, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    Don’t see any issue with Jenner, he was trying to make shoulder to shoulder contact prior to the boards and Green was off balance and went into the boards awkwardly.

  5. crazemastercraze - Jan 30, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    Team needs a MAJOR shake up. If mcvee does nothing, well, you get what you pay for

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