Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green was the finalist for the Norris Trophy two seasons ago.
It's something that needs to be cited because the concussion-like symptoms and lower-body injuries not only zapped his playing time -- he missed 81 games the past two seasons -- but made the blue liner an afterthought. Well, at least until his blistering third-period slap shot that turned into the game-winner in a 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers at the Verizon Center on Saturday afternoon.
"Before he was injured a lot, we used to see that all the time," said Caps forward Nicklas Backstrom, who, along with Alex Ovechkin, scored Washington's other goals in a win that tied the best-of-seven, second-round series at 2-2. "It's great for him and it's great to see him score a goal. It gives him confidence. (It was) a huge goal for us."
That trio used to be known as the "Young Guns." Like Green's injuries being a thing of the past, he insists that nickname is outdated.