Contract looming, Mike Green must excel
May, 7, 2012
By Craig Custance | ESPN.com
Bruce Bennet/Getty ImagesMike Green faces an uncertain future due to his contract status.With less than six minutes remaining in Saturday's Game 4, Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green changed the course of the Eastern Conference semifinals. He took a pass from Dennis Wideman during a Capitals power play, recognized the time he had and utilized it by crushing a huge slap shot that beat Henrik Lundqvist.
The Capitals won 3-2, evening the series at two games, and Green provided a glimpse of the player who was once the most electrifying defenseman in the game. It was his first point against the Rangers and his second goal in 11 playoff games. Before scoring against Boston in Game 6 of the first round, Green hadn't scored since October. Injuries cut the heart out of Green's regular season again, as he played in only 32 games after seeing just 49 the season before.