A day after Bruce Boudreau called Marc Staal’s hit on Mike Green during the second period of Game 3 a “dirty shot,” Green said he’s not letting the Rangers’ physical play get to him.
Green missed the last 20 games of the regular season after suffering a concussion, and Boudreau said Monday the Rangers have been targeting Green’s head during the series.
Staal clipped Green with his right shoulder/elbow seconds before Alex Ovechkin’s goal tied the score at 1, but when asked Tuesday morning for his take on the play, Green said he wasn’t sure if it was on purpose.
“I mean, I’m used to it and I’m ready for it,” Green said. “I did feel a blow to my head for whatever reason. Whether it was or was not intentional, it’s over with.”
A reporter followed up by asking if Green felt the Rangers have been coming in high with their checks during the series, but Green remained diplomatic.
“I don’t know. They’re coming hard,” Green said. “Whether it’s high or just finishing their checks is irrelevant. They’re coming so hard that, you know, it’s hard to get out of the way. It is what it is. It’s part of the game. I’m not complaining.”
A second follow-up question on whether Green was getting frustrated with the hits received a similar response.
“Like I said, it’s part of the game,” Green said. “We have to deal with it. I can’t let it get to my head. It will get me off my game so I don’t worry about it. You can talk to other guys about it or whatever but I’m fine.”
Green has averaged 21 minutes 56 seconds of ice time in the first three games of the series, and maintains he is holding up fine physically in the face of the Rangers’ rough play.
Green was paired with Jeff Schultz during the Caps’ practice Tuesday, an indication that he could be seeing even more ice time in Wednesday’s Game 4.
“I feel great,” Green said. “I’ve said this from the time I stepped back on the ice. I didn’t know how I was going to feel, and I feel just like I have all season. I’m ready for whatever they want to throw at me. We’ll see tomorrow.”