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Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green returned to the lineup for Wednesday night's first-round series opener against the New York Rangers.
Green missed a month and a half with a concussion he suffered Feb. 25 after taking a blindside hit from Rangers forward Derek Stepan.
Green surpassed 70 points the previous two seasons but was limited by injury to 49 games this season. He has eight goals and 16 assists for the Capitals, who enter the playoffs as the top seed in the Eastern Conference for the second straight season.