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Report: Mike Green suffered lower-body injury during Game 3

Mike Green

Washington Capitals’ Mike Green, right, is tended to by a trainer after taking a puck to the head during the first period in Game 5 of a first-round NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series against the New York Rangers, Saturday, April 23, 2011, in Washington. Capitals won 3-1 and won the series. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)


The Washington Capitals hope to start the process of becoming the third team in NHL history to come back from a 3-0 deficit on Wednesday. There’s a chance they might need to do so without their double-edged sword defenseman Mike Green.

TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports that Green missed a big chunk of the the third period tonight because he suffered a lower-body injury. McKenzie said that Green was seen limping to the team bus following their 4-3 loss.

There’s no word yet on the severity of the injury and Green could very well fight through the ailment since it will be an elimination game. He won’t have much time to recover, though, since the teams will play Game 4 tomorrow night.

It seems like Green just can’t get a break lately, as he dealt with concussions, pucks hitting his head, defensive lapses/tough breaks and now this lower-body issue. We’ll let you know if the team shares more information about the status of their often-critiqued All-Star defenseman.