Mike Green was out on the ice practicing on Wednesday for the Washington Capitals, just a day after the All-Star defenceman was forced to leave Tuesday's win over the Avalanche after being drilled from behind by Avs' forward David Koci.
With just over five minutes remaining in the second period and the Capitals leading by five goals Koci took an extended run at Green before crushing him head first into the glass. Green went down hard and remained on the ice with blood gushing out of a large cut near his temple. Although he was able to make it to the locker room under his own power, he did not return for the third.
Following the game, Green stated that he was "okay" however he was sporting several stitches above his left eye which was also blackened.
Koci received a boarding major and a game misconduct on the play and supplementary disciplinary action is likely on the way. Capitals head coach Bruce Boudreau was furious with Koci's actions and did not mince his words after the game.
"Please, the guy's got one goal in six years. He couldn't play in the American League," Boudreau told the Denver Post. "I've faced David Koci an awful lot, he might be a nice guy, I have no idea. I'm glad he's making a living, but if this is any game, he gets on the ice for the first three minutes, he gets into his fight with the guy and then he sits at the end of the bench, so what good is he?
"It shows what we have to get rid of to have a good game. The guys that are sitting at the end of the bench and they come out and hit a guy for the sake of ‘I've got to run around like an idiot or I'll never play again' - those are the guys we've got to get rid of."
The Capitals were forced to play the remainder of the game with only four defencemen after Shaone Morrisonn was injured earlier in the game on a hit by Koci.
The good news for Boudreau and the Caps? He practiced with the team on Wednesday, and a team rep said that aside from the black eye, Green was all right.