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Green takes rest day after getting hit by puck

Monday, 02.07.2011 / 2:16 PM / News

By Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

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Green takes rest day after getting hit by puck
Capitals defenseman Mike Green took Monday off from practice, one day after being hit in the ear by a slap shot against the Penguins.
ARLINGTON, Va. -- Washington defenseman Mike Green was held out of practice Monday as a precaution, Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau said.

Green was struck in the right ear by a Brooks Orpik slap shot in the final seconds of the first period Sunday at Verizon Center and never returned to the game. He received stitches and spoke to the media in the dressing room following the Capitals' 3-0 win against Pittsburgh. He admitted he felt unbalanced as he was helped off the ice and said he had some ringing in his ear.

Boudreau would not rule out the possibility that Green has a concussion and said Green would be re-evaluated Tuesday morning. The Capitals host San Jose at Verizon Center on Tuesday night, and Boudreau said he wasn't sure if Green would be available.

"I think we'd have to (consider the possibility that it's a concussion)," Boudreau said. "It's definitely way more serious now, any injury to the head, than it was 10 to 15 years ago, so we always err on the side of caution. You just hope that that is not the case. We'll wait until tomorrow morning and hopefully he feels better.

"We'll listen to what the trainer and Mike has to say and that's the advice we'll use."

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