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Greene shows he's got game

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:50 AM ET

SAN JOSE -- Matt Greene was more concerned with the shot he took in the nose than the one he rung off the goal post on Saturday.

The Edmonton Oilers defenceman was back in the lineup yesterday against the San Jose Sharks after being forced to leave the encounter with the Phoenix Coyotes the night before.

"I was going to break up a pass out front, and the puck rode up my stick and hit me in the nose," Greene said.

"Two seconds later, after I got my bearings, I blocked a shot from the point and my stick broke. Then blood started coming out of my nose, then I got off the ice, and that was the end of the game for me."

The incident happened midway through the third period with the Oilers comfortably in front. Greene spent the rest of the frame trying to control his nosebleed.

He also required a stitch to close the nick caused by the puck.

"I didn't break my nose," he said. "I wanted to get back in the game, but we couldn't stop the bleeding. And we led by three goals at that time."

Earlier in the contest, Greene had jumped into the rush, took a drop pass from Robert Nilsson and hammered a shot off the goal post.

Had it gone in it would have been his first goal of the season and second as an Oiler.

Last year Greene scored a memorable goal at Rexall Place against the Minnesota Wild, doing his best Bobby Orr impression.

"I think I was more upset that the puck stayed in play, I just wanted to change," Greene smiled.

"Actually, Bobby (Nilsson) made a nice play, he took the defenceman with him and I just shot the puck."

Greene went into yesterday's contest not having scored a goal in 83 games. He has one assist in 36 games this season.

"I'm not too worried about that," he said. "That's not what I'm here for. If they come, great, if not I'll get over it."


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