Caps' Green suffers bruised thigh

The Capitals got a scare when standout defenseman Mike Green had to be helped off the ice after colliding with Dmitry Kulikov during the pursuit of a loose puck in the second period of Washington's 4-1 victory over Florida.

The injury was diagnosed as a bruised thigh, and Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau said Green could be available for Sunday's game against Tampa Bay.

Green told the Washington Post after the game that he does not think the injury is serious.

"We'll see," Green told the newspaper. "I can't really tell right now. It's not serious, but we'll see."

Green skated onto the ice during a break in the third period in an attempt to return to the game, but the team decided he should not play, according to the Washington Post.

"He came out there, as you saw, and he felt fine," Boudreau said. "But we didn't want to take any chances. It was more of a charley horse than anything else.

Green assisted on the first goal of the game. He has 12 goals and 40 assists in 52 games this season.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.