from Katie Carrera of Capitals Insider,
Late in the Capitals’ 4-0 win over Winnipeg on Thursday night, Mike Green gathered the puck behind the net and skated to the half wall to clear it out of the defensive zone. After Green released the puck, Jets forward Evander Kane cross-checked the defenseman into the boards.
It was a late and unnecessary hit, one that earned Kane a minor for cross-checking and a 10-minute misconduct, and it was the latest example of opponents targeting Washington’s No. 1 defenseman. Welcome back to game action, Mike Green.
“It’s a part of the game; obviously it’s a physical game, but every little opportunity we have to minimize it. And he’s a targeted man,” Coach Adam Oates said. “He’s got to come to grips with that — that they’re after him. They’re talking about Mike Green tonight. It will sure help him the more he understands that.”