Karl Alzner set the Capitals franchise record for playing the most consecutive games tonight against the Flyers. Alzner, who has now played in 423 consecutive games, passes the former record holder Bob Carpenter.
Bob Carpenter played for the Capitals from 1981 – 1987. Carpenter was the first U.S. born hockey player to be featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated and the first US-born player to score 50 goals in a season.
Alzner was the Capitals first-round draft pick in the 2007 NHL. Since that time, he has racked up 97 career points – 15G and 82A. This year Alzner has scored three goals against Vancouver (1/14), Colorado (11/21) and Boston (11/5). He is a formidable member of the Capitals defensive line and consistently averages 20 minutes on ice per game and maintains a 15+/-.
While Alzner’s streak is a franchise record for the Capitals, he has the sixth longest consecutive games played streak by an NHL defenseman since 1944. He is one of two defensemen to have played in every game since 2010-11 and currently has the fifth longest active consecutive games played streak in the NHL. Alzner also ranks sixth in the NHL in blocked shots.
By Stephanie Judge