The Washington Times - April 14, 2011, 12:56PM

Mike Green got a good night’s sleep Wednesday night. He was sucking wind a little bit after the Capitals’ Game 1 win over the Rangers but on Thursday was feeling “great.”

Green was thrown back into the fire in his first game since Feb. 25 when he suffered a concussion from a hit by New York’s Derek Stepan. He skated 26:30 in the three periods and overtime.

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“Yeah. I wasn’t expecting that, but at least I’m comfortable now,” Green said. “I got a game under my belt and I’ll be ready for [Friday night].”

To recap, Green is OK. No setbacks after getting thrown back into the fire and he even took part in the Caps’ optional practice in Arlington on Thursday morning.

In fact, all the team’s healthy defensemen did with the exception of Scott Hannan.

“It says they’re young. The older guys – you didn’t see any older guys out there,” coach Bruce Boudreau said. “The greatness of youth is you’re more excited to play and you’re not worried about fatigue and you’re not worried about bumps and bruises. It’s all new and it’s exciting.”

And those defensemen represent a solid, talented group – one that likely won’t change unless there are injuries.

Tom Poti didn’t skate Thursday, with Boudreau claiming it was because the defenseman was “just sore because we worked him hard yesterday.”

Poti hasn’t played since Jan. 12, and there’s no timetable for his return.

“I don’t know. He hasn’t played in four months now,” Boudreau said. “And I think our defense is playing pretty well, so it’d be pretty hard for him, unless there’s injuries, for him to get back in.”