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Posted at 07:37 AM ET, 01/07/2011

Mike Green: 'There's a bit of hate' between Capitals, Penguins

This likely won't come as a surprise to anyone -- especially after seeing Wednesday's '24/7' finale -- but Capitals defenseman Mike Green didn't have much nice to say about the Penguins when he called into The LaVar Arrington Show with Chad Dukes on Thursday afternoon.

Pointing out that a lot of the rivalries we see in sports exist only within the game, Dukes asked Green if the bad blood between the Capitals and Penguins is as real as it seemed on HBO.

"I think there's a bit of a hate, yeah, you're right. Obviously, you know, you can sense it with what happened after the game, too," Green said, referring to the lack of a handshake after the Capitals won the Winter Classic. "I mean, the traditional way to end the game is to shake hands, and they left the ice, so I thought that was kind of childish. Whether it was because we celebrated the way we did or whatnot, I mean, it was a great event, our families were there, people were just excited, and I don't think we were at fault for celebrating the way we were. But I think they're just a little bitter with what happened, and that's that. Not much more to say."

(And with that, we'll take Green's lead and close the book on Caps vs. Pens -- until the upcoming Super Bowl Sunday rematch.)

Arrington also asked Green if Washington's more defensive style of play has been holding the offense back at all.

"The only thing that I think has taken a bit of a turn," Green said, "and maybe it's because a lot of us have played the power play are thinking a different mentality and playing a lot stronger defensively, is that our minds offensively are not as high risk as we used to be, and sometimes when you play a high-risk game, chances happen more often than when you're playing a little bit more stand-backish.

"But I think the power play is what... hasn't been as key as it has in the past," he added. "We used to score two, three goals on the power play and win a game, 4-3, so if we can get the power play going, we'll be fine. I think that's the missing key right now."

The full interview is below:

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(No-handshake video via Puck Daddy)

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