Starting from behind his own net, Green skated the length of the ice and maneuvered down the right side through the Hurricanes defense. He found a waiting Backstrom open in front and the highly touted rookie knocked the puck past Carolina goalie Michael Leighton.
Green opened the scoring for the Capitals early in the first period when he poked home a centering pass from Tomas Fleischmann.
It was Green's second goal of the preseason after scoring two in 70 regular season games last year.
Viktor Kozlov, one of several free agents brought in to help the Capitals offensive attack, redirected a shot from Alexander Ovechkin to put the Capitals up 2-0. Tom Poti, another one of the free agents, also picked up an assist on the goal.
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Arena: Verizon Center Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Mike Green Assist: Tomas Fleischmann
Viktor Kozlov (power play) Assist: Alex Ovechkin, Tom Poti
Justin Williams Assist: Rod Brind'Amour, Ryan Bayda