Cruising Carly: John Carlson Moves Into Second In Franchise Scoring and Assists For Defensemen With Third Period Assists Against Golden Knights

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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.

 

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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