Cruising Carly: John Carlson Scores 10th and 11th Goals of the Season in First Period Against Los Angeles Kings, Continues Historic Start to the Season.


Hans Deryk/The Canadian Press, via the Associated Press

Capitals defenseman John Carlson’s start to the 2019-20 season has seen the former first-round pick have one incredible game after the other. After scoring a goal in the Caps’ 5-2 routing of the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday, Carlson netted his 10th and 11th goals of the season on Wednesday’s late-night tilt against the Los Angeles Kings.

Carlson’s 10th goal came just 4:36 into the opening frame at Staples Center, with Carlson firing a dart past Kings netminder Jonathan Quick, unassisted.

The goal was the 100th of Carlson’s Capitals/NHL career, making him just the fifth blueliner in franchise history to reach the century mark in goals, joining Kevin Hatcher (149), Sergei Gonchar (144), Calle Johansson (113), and Mike Green (113). The first tally also gave him the most points by a defenseman (41) in his team’s first 30 games since Paul Coffey recorded 41 in the early 1990’s with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Carlson’s second tally was a beauty against Quick, and exemplified the start the Caps’ top rearguard has had to the season. The goal was assisted by T.J. Oshie and Lars Eller.

Carlson’s two goals bring him within 30 points of surpassing Johansson as the highest-scoring defenseman in the history of the franchise. Carlson’s 42nd point of the season also put him in rare company:


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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