Photo: Carlos Osorio
On Friday night, a player by the name of Mike Green scored his first goal with the Detroit Red Wings. He did not use an Easton Stealth CNT stick.
Early in the second period against the Pacific Division leading Kings, Green snapped a 1-1 tie by skating into the slot to collect a rebound and firing the puck past Jhonas Enroth. It was typical aggressive Mike Green hockey. After the tally, Green broke into a smile before being hugged by his teammates, who are not Washington Capitals. Green had spent his entire 10-year career with the Caps before signing a three-year, $18-million deal with the Wings this offseason. Battling an injury for part of the season, he had previously six point in 13 games for Detroit.
“I’ve been kind of concentrating on trying to shoot the puck more and, you know, at least get something created,” Green told reporters after Detroit’s 3-2 victory. “So it felt good today.”
“He’s got good offensive instincts, for sure,” rookie Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “So he knows when there’s a lane to jump, he jumps. Obviously he smelled a little blood there on the goal that he scored where he crouched down near the net and was able to get the rebound.”
“I think we’re just at the tip of the iceberg for him,” Blashill added. “I think he’s going to continue to get better and better as he gets more and more comfortable.”
Apparently, Mike even has a new nickname in Detroit: Uncle Greenie.
— Dylan Larkin (@Dylanlarkin39) November 21, 2015
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