Caps' Green uses his head

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:57 PM ET

WASHINGTON - In years past, enigmatic Capitals defenceman Mike Green has been accused of not having his head in the game.

That’s not the case any longer.

If there is a poster child for a guy who has bought into coach Bruce Boudreau’s team-first, defence-first system, it’s Green.

Green’s dedication was on display in the first period of Washington’s series-clinching 3-1 win over the New York Rangers on Saturday when he fearlessly dove in front of a Matt Gilroy blast from the point, a rocket that nailed him right in the side of the noggin.

“You can see how we sacrifice our bodies,” Alex Ovechkin said. “Green took a puck in the head just to block a shot.”

Green, who has battled concussion problems all season, did not return, although Boudreau said he could have played in the third.

“He should tremendous character,” Boudreau said. “He’s already been hit in the head a couple of times and had (concussion issues) this season.

“I just wish he’d get the magnets out of his helmet.”


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