Without Tom Poti in the lineup Monday against the Senators there was a considerable chunk of even strength and penalty killing minutes to be picked up by someone, or a combination of someones on the Capitals roster. Throughout the Capitals 3-2 overtime win, that responsibility fell largely to Mike Green, who played a game-high 31 minutes and 53 seconds -- many of which came against Ottawa's primary offensive threats.
While Green may have just one point through three games this season, the two-time Norris Trophy candidate's defensive contributions have been very visible. In three games, he has a plus-4 rating, eight hits and has blocked seven shots and just been reliable in his own end.
"Me and [Jeff Schultz] have our agendas and that's to shut down their [No.] 1 line," Green said. "It was a plan tonight that we get in their faces and make sure they don't have room. They're great skaters and great puck handlers and as long as we stay up on them they're not going to have much. I thought Schultzie did a great job I was just following his lead."
Said Coach Bruce Boudreau: "He might not be getting the points but he sure is playing well."
The offensive fireworks everyone has grown accustomed to from Green may not be there yet, but there's no reason to believe he won't find his way on the score sheet often enough through this season.
-- If you haven't already read about the Capitals 3-2 overtime win against the Senators, which was sealed by Alex Ovechkin's clutch goal in the extra session, but it was largely the play of the penalty killers and goaltender Michal Neuvirth that got Washington that far Monday night.
The quote of the evening goes to Boudreau on Ovechkin's tally: "Only Alex can play like he did and score the overtime winner and be the hero."
-- Also, colleague Gene Wang breaks down the various contributors on Washington's penalty kill against the Senators.
-- On the injury front, Boudreau said Poti and Matt Bradley, who did not return for the start of the second period, both "tweaked a lower-body part." They're both day-to-day.
-- The Capitals practice at 11 a.m. Tuesday.