How bad was Mike Green on Tuesday? Even Ovie’s fiancee let him have it
DEC 11, 2013 6:44a ET
When Mike Green turned in one of the worst 10 minutes in the NHL this season Tuesday night, Alex Ovechkin bailed out his teammate with four goals in a dramatic 6-5 shootout win. If only Ovie's finacee were so forgiving.
Already struggling through much of this season, Green, a two-time first-team All-Star, played about as bad as a player could against the visting Tampa Bay Lightning, committing five penalties, racking up 18 penalty minutes, giving the Lightning two power plays (they scored on both) and getting beat as the lone man back on this 2-on-1 rush.
He finished the period with less than four minutes of ice time and a minus-1 rating, and contributed mightily to starting Capitals goalie Braden Holtby getting pulled after 11 minutes and three goals allowed on eight shots. He was booed mightily by the home crowd through the end of the game, and ripped apart on Twitter.
And among them (though thankfully not among the most vulgar): tennis pro and future Mrs. Ovechkin Maria Kirilenko:
The tweet has since be deleted, and while Green set no records of awfulness, Kirilenko's main squeeze set a new mark:
And after Ovie's heroics, Kirlienko ended her night in a much better mood.
Have a good night everybody , stay come and positive coz the life is good! Love you all.— Maria Kirilenko (@mkirilenko) December 11, 2013
And the biggest kicker of all? Assisting on Ovechkin's second-period goal that gave him a hat trick?
Yup, Mike Green.
And for your viewing pleasure, some of the more unforgiving tweets about Green:
Mike Green needs to send Richard Panik a thank-you card for taking a dumber penalty than he did.— Ted Starkey (@TedStarkey) December 11, 2013
Alex Ovechkin's fiancee has killed Mike Green. RIP. http://t.co/JmG56fNHLP— Sean Gentille (@seangentille) December 11, 2013
There have been 11 minutes, 42 seconds of game played, Mike Green has 8 minutes in penalties— Erik Erlendsson (@erlendssonTBO) December 11, 2013