Sometimes I hate writing about individual plays, because some people think it makes the man. It doesn’t. Even when John Scott blows by Brooks Orpik for a goal.
So when I show you this Mike Green turnover, I want you to remember that Green has been the Capitals best defender this season and I’m 90% writing about this because of what happened afterwards.
Now, let’s get down to business.
Midway through the first period, Green took an awkward exchange from Braden Holtby. As he gathered the puck on his backhand, Scottie Upshall came in for a big hit behind the net. Green, looking for Nate Schmidt in the corner, had his hurried pass blocked by Upshall’s leg. The puck squirted to Derek MacKenzie in the middle of the slot, who one-timed the turnover past Holtby.
Green responded like any rational human would. He smashed his already breaking stick into several more pieces, nearly impaling his own goaltender and several Panthers players.
I would too. That’s a tough play.
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