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Question of the Day
Mike Green was hard on himself for being on the ice for three of the Tampa Bay Lightning’s four goals Saturday when the Washington Capitals coughed up a four-goal lead. But the defenseman made up for it in overtime with the game-winning goal on the power play.
“I had to,” Green said with a laugh. “They were giving me the shots on that power play. And then I just had to take it. I just had to be confident shooting the puck.”
On a power play set up when Marcus Johansson drew a penalty, Green blasted a shot past Mathieu Garon to make sure the Caps wouldn’t regret letting a substantial lead slip away. In scoring his 10th goal of the season, the 27-year-old lived up to his old moniker, “Game Over Green.”
“I like it,” Green said. “To be honest, yeah, I think it’s a good name. I’ll take it, for sure.”
Green scored the game-winning goal for the second straight contest. It was also the 16th of his NHL career.
But that much ice to work with in overtime is perfect for a playmaker like Green.
“I enjoy that,” he said. “We got so many skilled guys and sometimes it’s the sneaky defenseman that kind of nobody’s looking for that is able to sneak in there.”
Third line excels
The third line of Jason Chimera, Mathieu Perreault and Fehr combined for two goals and two assists at even strength Saturday. Little did the Caps know that their production would be vital in a 6-5 victory because those goals made it 4-0 and 5-1.
“Definitely didn’t think that at the time,” Fehr said.
The top line of Johansson, Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin has carried the Caps through most of this stretch of 11 victories in 13 games. But there have been solid performances down the lineup.
It was the third line’s turn against Tampa Bay.
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