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Mike Green: A True (Fantasy) Team Player

SUNRISE, FL - FEBRUARY 15: Mike Green #52 of the Washington Capitals celebrates a first period goal by Alex Ovechkin #8 against the Florida Panthers on February 15, 2009 at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Ryan MillarCorrespondent IApril 3, 2009

Washington Capitals defenceman Mike Green has been having a dream season.

His offensive numbers are striking.

He's 24th in the league for goals scored (with 31).

That puts him tied with none other than Sidney Crosby.

Considering that scoring goals is basically Sid's only job, and Green, as a defenseman, has keeping the opposition from scoring as a number-one priority, it's even more impressive.

And he gets it done at both ends of the ice, as he has a plus-minus of plus-24.

He also managed to break the NHL record for consecutive goals for a defenseman, scoring in eight-straight games back in February. He scored ten times during that span, including five power-play tallies.

The record means that no other defenseman has done that. Ever.

Unsurprisingly, his contributions at both end of the ice have the whispers of 'Norris Trophy Favorite' are increasing in volume. Not bad for a 23-year-old defenseman playing in just his third full season in the NHL.

Green broke the thirty-goal mark April 1, against the New York Islanders, becoming just the eighth defenseman to reach that plateau, and first since Washington's Kevin Hatcher in 1992-93. His two third-period tallies both came on the power play, and were the game-tying and game-winning goals respectively.

His penchant for game-winning goals being the origination of his nickname 'Game Over'.

But for 'Game Over' Green, these goals had another special significance. “I promised my buddy back home that I’d get 'em (the two goals) tonight.” It seems that during an IM chat, Green learned his buddy's “fantasy pool was struggling,” and so he promised to notch a couple tallies. A man of his word, he came through for his teammates and his buddy that very night.

For those of us, such as myself that have had him in our fantasy team since last season, we can truly appreciate his 'team spirit'. On the ice, or in the fantasy leagues, this season is a dream come true.


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