The goals finally dried up for Washington Capitals star Mike Green.
One day after setting an NHL record for a defenceman by scoring in his eighth consecutive game, Green was kept off the scoreboard in the Capitals' 4-2 road win over the Florida Panthers Sunday afternoon.
"It has to come to an end," Green said. "Couldn't score for the rest of the year, but it would have been nice. But as long as we get the win, that's all that matters."
Green recorded four shots on net while logging more than 24 minutes of ice time Sunday, but the Washington blue-liner couldn't beat Panthers goalie Tomas Vokoun.
Green had established a league mark by scoring at 5:22 of the second period on the power play in Washington's 5-1 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning Saturday night.
The record was previously held by Mike O'Connell, who scored in seven straight games for the Boston Bruins during the 1983-84 season.
By failing to find the back of the net Sunday, Green fell one game short of tying the Washington record for consecutive contests with a goal, set by Alan Haworth (1985-86) and Mike Gartner (1986-87).
Green also failed to record an assist against the Panthers, bringing to an end his eight-game points streak. Green admitted he was happy the pressure to score was off.
"Finally," Green said. "Can maybe get back to just playing and not worrying about records and stuff like that."
Capitals forward Alexander Ovechkin scored three goals against the Panthers, his second breaking a tie with 2:31 left in regulation. The Russian completed his hat-trick with an empty-netter to push his NHL-leading goals total to 41.
"Arguably the best player in the game made some big-time plays," Florida coach Pete DeBoer said. "That's what beat us."