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“One tough thing about that injury is you get time off, you don’t do any conditioning,” Oates said. “So I thought all in all pretty good.”

Oates called Green’s play “a little sketchy early” before the 27-year-old found a rhythm later in the game.

It was up to the Caps to monitor Green, but Oates acknowledged no concern about the workload or playing back-to-back games.

“When you’re healthy enough to play, you play,” Oates said.

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