John Carlson Continues Historic Scoring Pace

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John Carlson may wish the month of October never ends. Or he may continue his hot streak right into the holidays, or for the rest of the season. Whatever the case, Carlson has had one of the best opening months to a hockey season in the history of the NHL.
Carlson scored two more goals Tuesday night versus the Maple Leafs in Toronto. He now has 23 points for the month, the second most by a defender, all-time.

Carlson tied the game 1-1 at 10:47 of the first frame with a rocket blast from the right circle. Alex Ovechkin(6) and Nicklas Backstrom (8) we’re credited with the assists.

Early in the second period, Carlson would score the Capitals second goal of the game, assisted once again by Ovechkin (7) and Backstrom (9), at 7:59 of the middle frame.

Carlson now has 23 points (7g, 16a) so far in October, which trails only Al MacInnis for most points all-time by a defenseman in the month of October. The all-time scoring list for defensemen in the month of October:

  • Al MacInnis, 1990-91: 8-17–25 in 13 games
  • John Carlson, 2019-20: 7-16–23 in 14 games
  • Paul Coffey, 1988-89: 3-18–21 in 11 games
  • Brian Leetch, 1990-91: 5-16–21 in 14 games
  • Paul Coffey, 1981-82: 7-13–20 in 13 games

Additionally, Carlson has now tied Kevin Hatcher for third most points by a defenseman in Capitals franchise history.

As for the assists on Carlson’s goals, Nicklas Backstrom is now only two points shy of passing Swedish great Peter Forsberg for seventh most points all-time by a Swedish-born player.

ByJon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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