Mike Green played his first game in Verizon Center since signing with a three-year contract with the Detroit Red Wings over the offseason. The Capitals honored Green with a short tribute video on the jumbotron, just like they had previously with Joel Ward and Eric Fehr.
Green, acknowledging the video and the loud cheers from the crowd, applauded the fans.
Meanwhile, late in the first period, NBCSN play-by-play man Ken Daniels shared a story about Green and Nicklas Backstrom.
“Nicklas Backstrom’s rookie season was Mike Green’s second full campaign. Backstrom’s first road roommate was Matt Bradley. Mike Green’s was David Steckel. The two youngsters though had become friends and asked the two veterans if they could switch roommates. They were told no since coach Glen Hanlon wanted the young guys looked after. Well the young guys said, ‘Here’s a $1,000. We’ll look after ourselves.’ Done deal. Glen Hanlon was gone after 21 games (that season), but Green and Backstrom had dinner together last night and are still best of friends.”
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