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The best part of the win was that Green made it completely through the game without re-injuring himself. In his last two comeback attempts from injury, Green has found himself back on the shelf his first game back (concussion on February 25, groin injury on November 11).
Well, two games into his latest return, Green took a rough run from San Jose Sharks’ center Andrew Desjardins behind the Capitals’ goal. Take a look for yourself:
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Green’s head slams face-first into the boards. His right leg also absorbs quite a bit of force from Desjardins’ knee.
The All-Star defenseman, who played 9 shifts for 7 minutes and 11 seconds, took only one more shift four minutes after the hit. It lasted 33 seconds. He then did not return to the bench in the third.
According to the Washington Times’ Stephen Whyno, Dale Hunter said of Green’s groin,”It got a little tight, so we’re being careful with him. And we took him and pulled him out.”
With Green out, the remaining Capitals defensemen had to play big minutes. The Capitals fell to 9-1-0 when Green is in the line-up. Bummer.