Capitals’ John Carlson Leaves Exhibition Game After Crashing Into Boards


Defenseman John Carlson left the Washington Capitals’ exhibition game against the Carolina Hurricanes after crashing into the boards in the third period with a Hurricanes skater. He missed over half of the period. His legs got tangled in his skates but skated off, meaning that he was taken off likely for precautionary reasons.

The 30-year-old got down the tunnel on his own.

The team cannot afford to lose Carlson, who led the team and all NHL defensemen with 75 points in 69 regular-season games, as he averaged 24:37 per game during the regular season, the most on the Capitals.

The Capitals are not in action again until Monday when they face the Tampa Bay Lightning in their round-robin tournament opener (4 PM ET, NBCSN nationally, NBC Sports Washington locally), giving Carlson some time to rest, but the round-robin games are only for seeding, so the team has already clinched the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The tournament is set to begin on Tuesday, August 11.

By Harrison Brown

About Harrison Brown

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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