While the Capitals wait to find out whether Mike Green will be suspended for his hit on Tampa Bay’s Brett Connolly, if that is the case it will just be one more obstacle in a season full of them.
“We’ve been through so much this season,” Troy Brouwer said. Green’s “injury, Nicky’s injury, Ovi’s suspension, a couple guys being hurt here and there. It’s just another thing that we will or might have to deal with. So you just take it in stride.”
Green didn’t speak to reporters and won’t be available until sometime after the NHL announces its ruling on the matter, according to a Capitals spokesman.
Coach Dale Hunter declined to comment on the play and said that given Green’s lengthy absence this season, if Washington is forced to move forward without him for a few games, “the team’s used to it.”
Asked whether Roman Hamrlik or John Erskine would get back in the lineup should Green be suspended, Hunter also said it’s too early to tell.
“We haven’t decided yet,” Hunter said. “We don’t know if he’s going to be suspended yet, either, so cart before the horse.”
Alex Ovechkin, the only player on the Capitals’ roster to be suspended this season, said he saw the hit but didn’t want to assess whether it might receive punishment. Ovechkin offered his own tongue-in-cheek take on the issue of hits to the head, though.
“I got hit in the head last night as well, but nobody drew attention to it,” the Capitals captain said. “It’s a hockey game, lots of things happen. If somebody get hit in the head there’s nothing you can do about it.”
Asked when he was hit in the game, Ovechkin responded jokingly: “I get pretty big concussion and I don’t know what happen. I can’t remember, you know.”