“Thank you, Hockey Gods.” (Photo credit: Alex Brandon)
Through 24 games this year, Mike Green had yet to find the back of the net. Though playing on the Capitals’ high-flying power play, Greenie was in one of the longest goal scoring droughts of his career. In fact, his 62 shots on goal were the most from any player without a marker. Late in Washington’s loss to the Carolina Hurricanes, however, the former 30 goal scorer finally lit the red light.
“I wish it was on a different night, but yeah,” Green said when asked if he was relieved. “Hopefully the flood gates open up.”
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Green has been playing pretty good hockey, despite his lack of goal production. He has the best possession numbers of any Capitals defenseman to play a significant amount this year, and his offensive struggles seem more down to luck. Still, Green lost his spot on the first man-advantage unit to John Carlson and had made some defensive blunders at points. Perhaps, though, this gets him on the right track.
“It’s obviously good for him,” said head coach Adam Oates. “It’s something that we’ve talked about a lot. Now the zero’s gone so hopefully it leads to more.”