Mike Green was the most prolific offensive defenseman in the NHL with back-to-back 70-point seasons starting in 2008-09. Now, he had gone 26 games without a goal, dating to Oct. 22.

Yet he's playing top minutes for the Washington Capitals and is thriving.

"I feel great," he said. "Probably the best I've felt in two years."

It might not be quite the evolution of a former Norris Trophy finalist, but it's a positive sign in these playoffs that Green finally is starting to feel normal again. The offense hasn't been there since his return from sports hernia surgery, but he's healthy and that's significant.