After a 70-point performance last season, Capitals defenseman John Carlson headed into this season aiming to continue his production, and was named the Capitals’ second alternate captain after the retirement of fellow blueliner Brooks Orpik this summer. After starting off the 2019-20 campaign on fire production-wise, the team’s former first-round pick continued his hot start in the Capitals’ game against the Nashville Predators on Thursday night.
In a loud, raucous Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Lars Eller struck first at the 9:17 mark of the opening frame, on a primary assist by Garnet Hathaway, and secondary assist from Carlson, who moved the puck into the offensive and dished the puck across to Hathaway, who moved it from skate to stick to the goal-crease for a layup for Eller. The goal can be seen below:
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The assist was Carlson’s fifth of the season and he now has six points overall through four games played and with two more periods to play in his fifth of the season. Heading into tonight’s game was on pace for over a point per game the rest of the season (inevitably unsustainable over the rest of the long campaign). Carlson recorded 13 goals and 57 assists for 70 points in 80 games played last season.
Update: John Carlson finished the game with three assists.
By Michael Fleetwood