Mike Green Puts His Name in the NHL Record Books

Allen PopelsCorrespondent IFebruary 12, 2009

Despite the shootout loss to the Rangers, Wednesday night was a special night for Capitals defenseman Mike Green.

Green had two goals on the night, tying an NHL record for defensemen by extending his goal-scoring streak to seven games. That feat had been accomplished only once before in the history of the league, by Boston's Mike O'Connell during the 1983-84 season.

"Things are rolling lately and it feels special," Green said. "If you don't shoot, you're not going to score. If it's on my stick, I'm going to shoot. The only other time I really felt like this was my first year in Hershey. But this is different because I'm playing with guys who can really pass the puck."

Just how well has Green been producing this season? 

His 21 goals are comfortably ahead of Sheldon Souray and Shea Weber, who are tied for second place with 14.

Fourteen of Green's 21 goals have come on the power play. That puts him in second place in the league amongst all skaters, only one goal behind Buffalo's Thomas Vanek.

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He is tied for third in the league with Boston's Zdeno Chara amongst defensemen in plus/minus with a +24.

His 49 points to date leads all NHL defensemen. Detroit's Brian Rafalski is in second place with 43. In fact, he is tied in points with such notable forwards as Tampa's Vincent Lecavalier and Detroit's Henrik Zetterberg.

The amazing fact about all these numbers is that he has put them up in considerably fewer games. He missed 13 contests earlier this season with a shoulder injury suffered at the hands of Anaheim's Chris Pronger. His 1.17 points-per-game puts him in ninth place in the league ahead of players like Joe Thornton, Marc Savard, Ryan Getzlaf, and Jarome Iginla. 

In fact, he is the only defenseman in the top 50 in points-per-game. San Jose's Dan Boyle is next with .83 points-per-game, putting him in a tie for 57th place.

When it comes to offensive defensemen, Green is in a class of his own. The only question remaining now is, where does he stand among the all-time greats?

He'll have a chance to break the NHL record this Saturday night when the Capitals travel to Tampa for a divisional matchup with the Lightning.