Mike Green has awful first period, Maria Kirilenko not impressed

By Brian Stubits | CBSSports.com

Green racked up 18 PIM in less than 12 minutes of game action. (Getty Images)
Green racked up 18 PIM in less than 12 minutes of game action. (Getty Images)

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Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green had one of the roughest periods you can imagine on Tuesday night in a game against the Lightning.

In less than 12 minutes of play he racked up 18 minutes in penalties. No, he didn't drop his gloves to go for a fight either. In his opening six shifts Green drew a double-minor for high-sticking, took a minor for tripping and then another minor for once again high-sticking. To top it all off he earned a 10-minute misconduct for his response after the third called penalty.

Oh, and let's not forget that two of the power plays for the Lightning resulted in goals, he was credited with a giveaway and Green was on the ice for a third Tampa Bay goal. Other than that Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?

Don't think the Caps fans didn't notice. Before taking the second high-sticking penalty, Green was booed when he touched the puck. It was that kind of night.

In fact it was so bad that even tennis player and fiancee of Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin Maria Kirilenko couldn't help herself on Twitter.

While I'm not sure if Green was actually going for it, he set it, at least his own personal record. Before Tuesday night Green had never taken more than seven PIM in a single game. He came close to tripling that in just over half of a period. Really he achieved all of this in just 3:31 because that's how much he actually saw the ice in the opening frame.

Periods don't get much worse than that.

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