Saturday, February 14, 2009

Green Takes Shot at History

Mike Green will get a chance to write his name in the NHL record books tonight in Tampa, as with a goal against the Lightning, he'll surpass Mike O'Connell's 25-year-old record of scoring a goal in seven straight games.

For his part, Green is trying to put that out of his mind and just play his game tonight, according to the St. Pete Times.

"I don't want to think about it... If I start trying to press and do too much, it's just going to backfire on me. Just play the game."

Green, who also passed a personal milestone on Wednesday night in New York by scoring his 20th and 21st goals of the season, and certainly will be on the mind of the Lightning defenders tonight.

Ex-Cap Jamie Heward told the Times that Green "has the ability go behind his net and see the play develop before it even happens. You're in awe. You're dumbfounded he puts up the numbers consistently."

Even Tampa coach Rick Tocchet compares Green with elite company.

"Green's almost like a Paul Coffey type... He's a pretty special defenseman right now. Mike Green can shoot some peas out there. I think his shot is among the best in the league."

It'll be worth watching if his teammates to feed him the puck to get the history early, and how that impacts the contest. With Tampa having played much better in a 6-4 win over Toronto Thursday, the Lightning are a desperate team looking for points.

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