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John Carlson’s 2019-20 season thus far has been one for the record books and one that has gained league-wide attention. While those outside Washington may just be realizing the weapon Carlson is, the Capitals and their fan base have enjoyed the growth of the former first-round pick since he joined the team in the latter parts of the 2009-10 season. In that time, Carlson has blossomed into one of the NHL’s best defensemen and one of the best to defend the blueline in franchise history, the latter supported by the 29-year old blueliner’s rise up the Caps’ record books.
With assists on Nicklas Backstrom’s two, third period goal against the Vegas Golden Knights (a night in which fellow rearguard Jonas Siegenthaler scored his first NHL goal), Carlson recorded his 430th NHL/Capitals point, moving him past Scott Stevens in both assists and points to give him sole possession of second all-time in franchise assists and points for defensemen. He trails Capitals great Calle Johansson’s 361 assists and 474 points.
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By Michael Fleetwood