Capitals' Mike Green sharp in return

April, 14, 2011
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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Capitals defenseman Mike Green played 26:30, took four shots and blocked four shots in his first game since Feb. 25.

"The game had to go to overtime," Green joked after.

"I felt great once I got my legs and got comfortable playing again, I felt good, so that wasn't a question."

Coach Bruce Boudreau said he thought Green's play was impressive.

"I thought his first period might have been as good as he has played in a playoff game. I thought it was outstanding for a guy that hasn't played in six weeks to come back in a game like that," Boudreau said.

Boudreau expecting the worst

The Washington coach said he wasn't optimistic the video replay would result in a tying goal for the Caps late in the third.

"I'm never confident, because people who have followed us would know that every time there's been one of those, it has gone against us -- somehow, some way," Boudreau said.

This time things worked out, as Alex Ovechkin was given credit for the goal with 6:16 left in regulation.

"You could tell the puck was in the net but the two things you didn't know was whether the whistle was blown and whether the net was off from the angle we were looking at. That's why I was asking the linesman if he called it a goal on the ice because that was important," Boudreau said.

New York coach John Tortorella said he had no issue with the goal.

"It looks like the ref is looking to blow the whistle, but I am not sure what his thinking was. They called it a goal; I am not going to whine about it," Tortorella said.

Semin happy to win -- in any language

Although he's been in the NHL since 2003-04, Alexander Semin has yet to master the English language or at least enough to deal with the media. He spoke to reporters through a translator (local journalist Slava Malamud).

Asked about breaking a 14-game playoff scoring drought, Semin said the victory was the key.

"I feel great, we won the game, that's the most important thing," he said.

"I just saw the puck get intercepted. Just a situational play. I tried to get open and then tried to shoot as soon as possible because the defenseman was right there."

Series Notes:

  • The overtime game marked the sixth time the two teams have gone to overtime in the postseason, and the Rangers are just 2-4 in those contests. Wednesday's game was the longest overtime game played between the two teams.
  • Henrik Lundqvist now has played in the past 27 Rangers contests. He has started in 30 consecutive postseason games for the Rangers.
  • The New York Rangers were plus-6 goals in the first and second period in the regular season but a whopping plus-22 in the third period. They scored their only goal Wednesday in the third. The Capitals, meanwhile, were outscored in the first 60-54 this season, but they rallied to outscore opponents 156 to 126 in the final two frames.

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