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Green sets scoring mark for defensemen

by John Kreiser
Mike Green now stands alone.

Green broke the NHL record for consecutive games with at least one goal by a defenseman when he beat Karri Ramo 5:33 into the second period of the Washington Capitals' 5-1 win at Tampa Bay on Saturday night, giving him goals in eight consecutive games.

With Tampa Bay's Jeff Halpern in the penalty box, Green snuck down from the point into the slot and took a shot that was blocked by Tampa Bay's Matt Pettinger. But Green picked up the carom and ripped it through Ramo's legs to give Washington a 4-0 lead.

"I got a shot and one of the Tampa players made a good block," Green said during an interview with Caps' TV analyst Craig Laughlin during the second intermission. "I went right behind him, and I was just waiting for it to drop. I was in the slot, and I just put it five-hole."

The Caps' bench emptied to congratulate the 23-year-old defenseman, while his dad, Dave Green,  high-fived the other fathers traveling with the club during a dads' trip.

Green has 10 goals and 17 points during the eight-game streak. He leads all defensemen with 22 goals and 50 points in only 43 games. He is one game away from tying the overall Washington consecutive game goal streak set by Alan Haworth in 1985-86 and matched by Mike Gartner in 1986-87.

Green tied the NHL mark for consecutive games with a goal by a defenseman when he scored twice in Wednesday's 5-4 shootout loss to the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Boston defenseman Mike O'Connell had set the mark in 1983-84.

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