Boom. (Photo credit: Greg Fiume)

Whether he’s riding a Vespa on 66, sporting hair that doesn’t make sense, or scoring an overtime goal, Mike Green is always cool. Even in some of the game’s most heated moments, he retains his composure. After Saturday’s one-time blast to put the Capitals up 2-0 in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, he now has eight overtime goals in his career.

Because of his late-game abilities, his “Game Over Green” nickname is well known. But now, it seems, Greenie may have another one.

“He’s calm all the time with the puck in regulation, so when it gets to overtime and guys start to get the shakes a little bit, he’s still calm Mike Green,” defenseman Karl Alzner said. “We call him Casual Mike every now and then.”

For a guy with a hand tattoo and a orange white Lamborghini, Green is remarkably level-headed. He didn’t think his goal was anything special (“It was just a lucky one. It could have been any of us. … I just happened to be open”) and he was already looking towards Monday’s Game 3 in New York (“You can’t get too high or too low. It’s just about staying consistent.”)

Still, his late-game stats say enough. Saturday’s one-time blast was the 18th game-winning tally of his career. While his play dropped off the last couple seasons, Green was plagued by injury most of the time. He’s healthy under new head coach Adam Oates, and once again playing a system that suits goal-scoring, puck moving defensemen. But scoring or not, he’s always relaxed.

“You need guys out there that are calm and that’s one of his gifts,” said Oates.

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  • I thought it was a white lambo and orange vespa (and black Maserati)? Did he get a new lambo?

  • Mike

    Eastern Conference finals? You mean Quarter-Finals, right?

  • yup



  • jeremiah

    his lamborghini is white from what i recall, or at least that was the one he drove to a autogrph signing a couple years ago don’t know if he has another one

  • No, I was wrong. The Vespa is orange and the Lambo is white. Damn.

  • You’re right. Fixed.

  • http://www.whatsupyasieve.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/green11.jpg “Hi I’m Mike Green and this is my highly impractical car. It has low ground clearance, tiny rear window, and mostly can only be driven about 1/5th of its top speed.” Doesn’t make me less jealous however.

  • doeshin

    I love the fact that it was Derek Stepan’s stick it deflected off of. that DB hit green last year or the year before to Put greenie on the injured list. But watching the replay in slow mo, he slumps to the ice in despair without looking back as he realizes that his deflection causes the goal. and then the spot light is almost on him. must have felt sick to his stomache. good u A$$!!~!

  • maveric101

    Anyone who can afford a Lambo can afford to take it to a track every now and then.

    But yeah, crazy jealous. IMO that’s the most gorgeous car ever made.

  • No, no, no, no, no. Its a nice car, but looks are not its thing.http://www.benzphotosite.info/image/1954-mercedes-benz-300-sl-gullwing-13.jpg That is the most gorgeous car ever.

  • You are all idiots. It’s this:

  • That is the 2nd worst car in the world. Right after. http://www.clublexus.com/SC430-Pebble-edition-2009-widescreen-09.jpg

  • At least use a photo of one with those vile chrome wheels they used to come with.

  • Anything but a Mazda 3.

  • maveric101

    Jeremy Clarkson on Top Gear said that the Lamborhini Gallardo will likely be remembered as one of the most attractive cars ever made. That’s a pretty big endorsement.

    As for your pic, it’s good, but I can’t say that designs from the 50’s do a whole lot for me.

  • I hate this comments thread.

  • LMAO

  • IIRC, one of the guys on ther US version of Top Gear (on SpikeTV, I think) referred to the Gallardo as “a $400,000.00 drift car”

  • This is the ONLY Benz I would pay money to own–a car ahead of its time.

  • And while we’re on the subject of cars, Bäckis should get himself one of these:

  • maveric101

    Well the problem is that you’re listening to the guys on the US Top Gear. First of all, the Gallardo retails for around $220k to $240k. Not even the Murcielago cost $400k. Second, the Gallardo is quite fast if you know how to drive it. Before the Aventador, Lamborgini’s had a reputation of being somewhat difficult to handle. The Gallardo is still at #19 on the Top Gear power laps.

  • We need him to keep playing, not end up in a ditch. Maybe one of these. http://img.ibtimes.com/www/data/images/full/2012/03/04/243073-pagani-hyura.jpg

  • Yeah, well, Clarkson occasionally raves about vehicles I don’t find that pretty. That would be one of the examples. It just looks… boxy… beauty is all in the eye of the beholder though. if I was made of infinite money I’d take a Miura first off their catalog. Key lime green.

  • maveric101

    Of course your opinion is just as valid as mine or anyone else’s. But I think Clarkson was speaking to his evaluation of the opinion of the general motoring/motorsport population, not just his own opinion.

    Personally (and I think that many agree), I think the Gallardo strikes a great balance between sexy curves and aggressive angles. You might find the Murcielago a little more to your liking. The Muira is pretty, but doesn’t have enough hard angles for my liking. Also, front-engine cars look too laid-back for me, compared mid-engined cars, which look more like they’re… on top of things, if you get what I’m saying.

    On the other hand, I think the Lamborghini Aventador is little too aggressive, with too many short, sharp angles, creating a rather ‘busy’ design.

    Anyway, it seems you prefer very smooth, classic designs, while I prefer cars with a bit more attitude. That’s perfectly fine, but if I had to guess, popular opinion these days might be a little closer to mine.

    Anyway, cheers.

  • Ford GT a good compromise?

  • http://www.marketwatch.com/story/total-car-score-ranks-the-top-10-best-looking-cars-of-all-time-2012-08-15 I mostly agree with that list. Corvette and 250 being two I might swap for like F40 and… AC Cobra? But yes, I prefer my hips to have some curves on them.

  • maveric101

    Sure, why not.