Why do the Washington Capitals hate Mike Green?

The offensive defenseman was forced to duck and cover last night after goaltender Braden Holtby fired a clearing attempt at his head. And this isn’t the first time Green has seen his life flash before his eyes…

Mike Green has been an integral part of the Washington Capitals for years, pushing the pace from the blueline and racking up points as a sort of “fourth forward.” And what does he get for his efforts? Head-hunting from his own teammates, that’s what.

Goaltender Braden Holtby was the latest would-be assassin, launching a clearing attempt right at poor Green’s noggin during last night’s 1-0 win over Philadelphia:

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But this isn’t the first time Green has been set up for decapitation. Who could forget the kamikaze mission that Alex Ovechkin undertook back in 2009?

KYEO, Mike Green: Keep Your Eyes Open.