With Matt Niskanen’s Injury, John Carlson Leads League in Ice Time

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The Capitals got a big win over the Coyotes on Monday night for their third win in a row, their longest winning streak of this young season. The hero in that game was John Carlson as he scored an overtime goal to give Washington the 3-2 win. For Carlson, it was his first goal of the season. 

On a Capitals team filled with young defensemen, Carlson was once in their shoes. In the 2009-10 season, he was recalled a few times including the playoffs where he scored the game-tying goal in Game 2 of the first round series against the Montreal Canadiens. Now in his eighth season with the Capitals, Carlson is getting a lot of playing time.

Carlson leads both the Capitals and the NHL in average ice time per game among skaters, clocking in at 27:14 per 60-minutes.

Carlson’s second longest average ice time came during the 2015-16 season, when he registered an average 23:42 per game. That’s nearly a four-minute difference. Carlson clocked in at 27:41 in Monday’s game, ending his time with this game-winning goal.

Carlson’s goal was his 14th game-winning goal of his career and his second to come in overtime.

“We’re just gonna find our way and figure out what’s working for us and we gotta put a couple of these (wins together). We didn’t start (the game) the way we wanted to, we got a lot of work to do. We just gotta keep finding ways to win,” said Carlson.

Carlson and the Capitals look to make it four in a row tonight against the Sabres. The Caps are looking to reverse a trend in back-to-back affairs. All three times they’ve faced a back-to-back, Washington won the first game but dropped the second one. Their hoping the fourth time is the charm.

By Michael Marzzacco

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About Michael Marzzacco

Michael is an avid DC sports fan with a passion for writing. He has followed the Washington Capitals since the 2003-04 season, around the time his enthusiasm for DC teams really began. It was from the days when they had the worst record in the league to when they became the most exciting team in the area. His Dad took him to his first Caps game a couple of years later. One of his favorite memories was being in the stands during the 2015 Winter Classic where Troy Brouwer scored the game-winning goal with 12 seconds left. Michael graduated from Radford University in May 2016, earning a degree in journalism and focusing on sports journalism and broadcasting. His goal is to work in sports media in Washington, D.C.
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