Capitals’ John Carlson Named NHL’s First Star Of The Week

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The NHL announced on Monday afternoon that Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson was named the league’s first star of the week after notching three goals, six points, and a +5 rating in three games.

Carlson posted three points (including one goal) in the Capitals’ 5-2 win over the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday before recording two goals in the team’s 3-1 win against the Los Angeles Kings the next night. Carlson tied Al MacInnis and Denis Potvin for most points by a defenseman in their team’s first 30 games since 1974-75, when the Capitals entered the NHL.

The 29-year old is currently riding a four-game point streak, where he has recorded three goals and seven points.

Carlson currently leads all NHL defensemen with 11 goals and the league with a +20 rating this season. His 32 assists rank third in the league while his 43 points are tied with Boston Bruins forward David Pastrnak for fifth.

From NHL

Carlson registered 3-3—6, including two game-winning goals, in three contests to propel the Capitals (22-4-5, 49 points) to a perfect week and into first place in the overall NHL standings. Carlson posted his sixth three-point performance of the season, as well as his third game-winning goal, in a 5-2 triumph over the San Jose Sharks Dec. 3 (1-2—3). He then scored twice, including the decisive goal, in a 3-1 victory against the Los Angeles Kings Dec. 4. Carlson closed the week with one assist in a 3-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks Dec. 6, helping Washington sweep a three-game road trip through California for the first time in franchise history. The 29-year-old Natick, Mass., native tops NHL defensemen in goals (11), assists (32), points (43) and game-winning goals (4) through 31 outings this season. Only two other blueliners in League history have recorded as many points through their team’s first 31 games of a campaign: Bobby Orr (5x, most recently in 1974-75: 21-37—58 w/ BOS) and Al MacInnis (1990-91: 13-31—44 w/ CGY).

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Harrison is a diehard Caps fan and a hockey fanatic with a passion for sports writing. He attended his first game at age 8 and has been a season ticket holder since the 2010-2011 season. His fondest Caps memory was watching the Capitals hoist the Stanley Cup in Las Vegas. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, photography, and hanging out with his two dogs. Follow Harrison on Twitter @HarrisonB927077
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5 Responses to Capitals’ John Carlson Named NHL’s First Star Of The Week

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    There will be torch-wielding crazy caps fans taking to the streets if he doesn’t win the Norris.

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