NEWARK, N.J.-Capitals defenseman Mike Greens long-awaited return to the lineup from a right ankle injury was cut short Friday night when he limped off the ice late in the first period of the Capitals 3-1 win over the New Jersey Devils.
Green tried returning for the second period, but after one shift on the power play he retreated to the dressing room. Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau said Green did not re-injure his ankle.
Its a different soreness, Boudreau said. At least its not the ankle, so thats good news. Im pretty confident (its not serious). I talked to him already about it and its a day-to-day thing. Not a three-week day-to-day thing. Its an actual day-to-day thing.
Green injured himself late in the first period when he was checked into the boards by Devils forward Ryan Carter. Carter pinned Greens left leg against the boards, then appeared to kick Greens right skate with his own skate as he skated away from the collision.
Green went to the locker room in the closing minutes of the first period and appeared to be OK when he skated around the ice prior to the second period. He took his first shift on a power play but when he returned to the bench he headed down the tunnel and did not return.
Capitals right wing Troy Brouwer said Green showed some toughness by trying to stay in the game but would like to see him stay out of the lineup until hes fully healthy.
We hope this isnt a setback for him, Brouwer said. Maybe it was him wanting to come back and pushing it a little too early. We want him to be at his best when he does come back, whether its a couple games or a week. We want a Mike Green thats 100 percent.