First off, a big Hockey Mom high five to Cap's d-man Mike Green for being named the NHL's Third Star of the Week!
From the NHL's press release:
THIRD STAR -- MIKE GREEN, D, WASHINGTON CAPITALS
Green earned Third Star honors for the second consecutive week after posting seven points (four goals, three assists) and becoming the first NHL defenseman in nearly 25 years to score a goal in six consecutive games. He notched one goal and one assist in a 5-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils Feb. 3, tallied another one-goal, one-assist effort in a 5-4 loss to the Los Angeles Kings Feb. 5 and concluded the week with two goals and one assist in a 3-1 win over the Florida Panthers Feb. 7. Green's current six-game goal-scoring streak is the longest by an NHL defenseman since Ray Bourque's six-game streak for Boston in March, 1984 and is one shy of the League record for blueliners set by the Bruins' Mike O'Connell in January, 1984. Green's 19 goals and 47 points lead all defensemen this season.
Which brings me to Monday night's new must-see t.v., Capitals Red Line Monday. Last night's inagural episode featured among other things, a look at Mike Green's new pad and an interview with the design team helping him with the finishing touches. Smart guy - letting the ladies handle the decorative details. Hockey Mom missed the first ten minutes of the show (drats!) as the boys had practice where they each broke a hockey stick. The show was a lot of fun and my favorite parts were the "which player rocks the best suit" debate and Ted Leonsis' insight into his 101 Things to Do Before I Die list (which of course includes winning a Stanley Cup)! If you missed it, here's a clip of Mike Green's crib:
While we're on must-see t.v., new and old hockey fans alike won't want to miss tonight's showdown between the #1 team in the East (Boston Bruins) and the #1 team in the West (San Jose Sharks). For playoff intensity hockey, be sure to check out tonight's game on the Versus Network.
Next up for the Capitals, the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden tomorrow night. The blueshirts will not be happy, coming off of last night's shut out by their rivals, the New Jersey Devils. The Devils are now within one point (yikes, one point) of again taking the East's second place position from the Caps.
More on tomorrow's contest to come including the latest on crazy boy Sean Avery's possible return to the NHL....