John Carlson Reaches 400 Career Points in Capitals’ 4-1 Win Over Carolina

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After recording a then-career high 63 points and capping off the 2017-18 with a Stanley Cup championship, Capitals defenseman John Carlson had already had himself a solid season. This season, however, has seen the former first-round pick (27th overall in 2008) flourish even more and he has continued to add to his impressive career to this point, as he recorded his 400th career point in the Capitals’ 4-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night.

With a goal and assist in the victory, Carlson reached 400 points in his nearly 10 seasons in the NHL, becoming the fifth Capitals’ blueliner ever to do so, joining Calle Johansson, Scott Stevens, Kevin Hatcher, and Sergei Gonchar (in descending order). Carlson needs 17 points to pass Gonchar for fourth-place and 75 more to become the franchise leader in scoring for defensemen. Carlson passed former teammate Mike Green earlier this season for fifth-place and under current Head Coach and former Assistant Coach Todd Reirden, Carlson has evolved into one of the NHL’s best rearguards, recording three seasons (including this season’s career-high 67) of 50 or more points.

Carlson’s 400th point came on an assist on Nicklas Backstrom’s empty-net goal at the 17:33 mark of the third period. Heading into the game, Carlson ranked fourth in scoring among all NHL defensemen and will likely be in the conversation for the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s Best Defenseman. Despite leading all blueliners in scoring last season, Carlson finished fifth in voting, after finishing 10th in 2015.

With five games left to play in the 2018-19 regular season, Carlson is three points shy of his first 70-point season and has been one of the Capitals’ best players this season. With the Caps looking to defend their Stanley Cup title, Carlson will be an important player heading into the spring tournament.

By Michael Fleetwood

About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of diehard Capitals fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. He was born the year the Capitals went to their first Stanley Cup Final, and is a diehard Caps fan, the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. His favorite player became former Capital Nate Schmidt after he met Schmidt in a Hershey hotel while in Hershey PA to see the Bears play, shortly after Schmidt was injured during a conditioning stint. Michael is also a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Orioles, and enjoys photography, watching WildEarth TV's SafariLive live safaris, and watching animals in his spare time. (Photo by Adam Vingan in 2014 at the Capitals Development Camp).
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