Mike Green (52) of the Washington Capitals navigates the puck through Florida Panthers defenders in the first period as the Capitals host the Panthers at the Verizon Center in Washington,D.C., Tuesday, October 18, 2011. (Rod Lamkey Jr/The Washington Times)
Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green (52) is cheered on by fans after his game-winning goal against the Carolina Hurricanes during the overtime period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011, in Washington. The Capitals won 4-3 in overtime. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green, right, celebrates his game-winning goal with teammates Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom during overtime against the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011, in Washington. The Capitals won 4-3 in overtime. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Washington's Mike Green celebrates with goalkeeper Tomas Vokoun on Friday after the Capitals defeatied the Buffalo Sabres 4-3 in a preseason shootout. Green says it's only natural for the team, especially veterans, to ramp up the intensity as the regular season approaches. (Associated Press)
Washington Capitals' Mike Green (52) celebrates with goalkeeper Tomas Vokoun (29), of Czech Republic, after defeating the Buffalo Sabres 4-3 in a shootout in an NHL preseason hockey game, Friday, Sept. 30, 2011, in Washington. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)
Washington Capitals fans cheer as Washington Capitals players Nicklas Backstrom (19), Eric Fehr (16), Mike Green (52), and Jason Chimera (25) celebrate Green's goal against the Montreal Canadiens during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Washington, on Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
ASSOCIATED PRESS Nashville Predators left wing Sergei Kostitsyn (74) skates by as Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green (52) and forward Mike Knuble (22) celebrate a goal with forward Francois Bouchard during the first period of a preseason NHL hockey game in Nashville, Tenn., Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010.
Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby (87) falls to the ice after being held by Washington Capitals' Mike Green in the first period of the NHL Winter Classic outdoor hockey game in Pittsburgh, Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)