Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 10/12/10 at 10:23 AM ET
from Katie Carera of Capitals Insider,
Without Tom Poti in the lineup Monday against the Senators there was a considerable chunk of even strength and penalty killing minutes to be picked up by someone, or a combination of someones on the Capitals roster. Throughout the Capitals 3-2 overtime win, that responsibility fell largely to Mike Green, who played a game-high 31 minutes and 53 seconds—many of which came against Ottawa’s primary offensive threats.
While Green may have just one point through three games this season, the two-time Norris Trophy candidate’s defensive contributions have been very visible. In three games, he has a plus-4 rating, eight hits and has blocked seven shots and just been reliable in his own end.
“Me and [Jeff Schultz] have our agendas and that’s to shut down their [No.] 1 line,” Green said.
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