Barons veteran Josh Green has impressive resume — and hates to lose

The Oklahoma City Barons blew a third-period lead and lost a 3-2 overtime decision Saturday.
BY SCOTT MUNN, Assistant Sports Editor, smunn@opubco.com Published: March 10, 2012
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Josh Green has never accepted losing.

Not in 1993, when he was a pup for the Medicine Hat Tigers of the Western Junior Hockey League.

Not in 2005, when he skated in 57 games in the NHL for the Vancouver Canucks.

Not in 2012, as a 15{+-}year pro in his first season with the Oklahoma City Barons of the American Hockey League.

Time does not numb the hurt, and that was evident Saturday night after the Barons blew a third-period lead and lost a 3-2 overtime decision to the Lake Erie Monsters before 4,103 fans in the Cox Center.

“To play well like we did and not get rewarded for it, that's tough,” Green said in a subdued Barons dressing room.

“We're starting to play good hockey again, and I think it showed tonight. When you don't play well and lose, then you don't deserve to win. But we played well, and we deserved a better fate.”

Brad Malone put the winning shot over the left shoulder of Barons goaltender David LeNeveu with 1:30 remaining in OT. Malone's eighth goal of the season capped a comeback in which Lake Erie tied it 2-2 with 1:35 left in regulation, just after pulling goaltender Gerald Coleman for an extra attacker.

“It just really hurts to lose like that,” Green said.

Green had a goal and assist, which did not matter much to a 34-year-old who is not bound for the Pro Hockey Hall of Fame — but has an impressive resume nevertheless. The Camrose, Alberta, native was second round selection in the 1996 NHL Draft by the Los Angeles Kings.

Including Saturday's game, Green has played in 802 professional games, which includes 334 in the NHL. He has skated on the same team as some of the game's giants, including Luc Robitaille, Brenden Morrow, Zdeno Chara, Eric Lindros, Jaromir Jagr, Mark Messier and the Sedin twins. Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma was a teammate of Green's during the 1998-99 season with the Kings.