Capitals’ John Carlson And Alex Ovechkin Discuss “Johnny4Norris” And Reaching Gretzky’s Record In Interview With Linda Cohn

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In a recent “In The Crease” interview with ESPN’s Linda Cohn, Washington Capitals’ defenseman John Carlson and captain Alex Ovechkin sat down and discussed the run for the Norris Trophy, reaching Gretzky’s record and retirement.

The interview began by talking about Carlson’s historic season thus far and his journey to possibly capturing the Norris Trophy. “I think I’ve played real well… I try to evolve as much as I can,” the 29-year old defenseman said.

Back in September, Ovechkin did an interview with Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman and talked about potentially reaching Wayne Gretzky’s record for the most goals in NHL history (894). The question was brought up again. The captain had quite the answer to ever becoming the league’s all-time leading scorer.

“You’re probably never going to see me on ice again.”

“Instant retirement,” Cohn added as she and Carlson chuckled.

Speed has become a key ability as of current NHL players such as centers Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers and Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche. Cohn asked Ovechkin about being north-south on the ice to which he replied that he “was like that but not anymore.”

Ovechkin turned to Carlson asking him when his speed went away. “I don’t know,” the defenseman answered. “You’re still north-south. You can still fly.”

Cohn also asked Ovechkin how he has been able to avoid serious injuries throughout his 11-season career. His response took “mother nature” to the next level.

You can watch the full ESPN+ interview here.

By Della Young

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Della Young is an aspiring novelist and screenwriter who earned a BFA in Creative Writing from Full Sail University in 2021. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Screenwriting from Regent University. Della comes from a family of big Capitals fans and became inspired to start writing for hockey in 2019. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, and working on both sides of the camera. Follow Della on Twitter: @dellayoung
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