The Washington Times - April 18, 2011, 01:42PM

The hit almost went unnoticed because Alex Ovechkin scored seconds later, but Marc Staal clipping Mike Green late in the second period caught Bruce Boudreau’s attention.

Green couldn’t control the puck in the right faceoff circle when the Rangers defenseman came at him and hit him high.


“He was in the slot. And it was blindside to boot,” Boudreau said. “He had lost control of the puck on a deke and he was looking behind him and the hit was still there.”

The Capitals coach compared it to Canucks forward Raffi Torres’ hit on Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook later Sunday – one that didn’t draw a suspension. Staal will not be disciplined, and the New York Post reported there was no phone call or hearing to discuss it.

“It was to the side of the head, and it was a dirty shot. I hope the league looks at it,” Boudreau said. “Let’s face it, I’m listening to all the experts last night on the Torres hit on Seabrook and they’re all saying, ‘There’s no puck, there’s not a hockey play, the guy’s in a vulnerable position, and he hits the head.’

“That’s exactly what we’re trying to get out of the league and out of the game, and Staal comes in, there’s no puck, he takes his arm, he swings it at his head, but it’s all forgotten because we score a goal to tie the game up. But it shouldn’t be forgotten and it wasn’t the only time they targeted Mike’s head. And they targeted it a few times, and that’s what we want to get out of the game.”

Green, who just returned to the Caps lineup in Game 1 after sitting out since Feb. 25 with a concussion, did not have to go to a “quiet room” or miss time because of the NHL’s new concussion protocol, according to Boudreau.

“It never came up as far as I know,” he said. “He went back to the bench. It was at the end of the period, so I don’t know I think that might’ve been his last shift anyway, for the period. He was fine by the start of the third.”

But it wasn’t just one hit on Green – it’s a pattern, going back to a collision with Brandon Prust in the first period Sunday. To say Boudreau was unhappy would be an understatement.

“They’re coming after  him, and Prust left his feet in the first period and went at the head as well. And Mike threw a punch back at him when he was gone,” Boudreau said. “I have no problem with hitting – let’s hit as hard as we can, that’s what this game’s all about – but you cannot target the head.”

Here’s video of the hit/goal: