Chasing Greatness In A Game: John Carlson Ties Mike Gartner For Fourth All-Time On Capitals’ Franchise Assists List, Nicklas Backstrom Climbs After Swedish Greats

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In a game against the New York Islanders that already saw Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin record his 1,300th career point and pass the great Phil Esposito for sixth all-time in goals scored, Caps defenseman John Carlson continued to make his way up another historical ladder by recording an assist on Nicklas Backstrom’s third period goal, which also pushed Backstrom further into historical greatness.

With the Capitals already up 2-0, Backstrom scored 28 seconds into the final frame of play on assists from Jakub Vrana and Carlson. Carlson’s assist marked the 392nd of his NHL/Capitals career.

With the assist, Carlson tied Capitals great Mike Gartner for fourth all-time in franchise Assists.

With a goal and an assist in the game, Backstrom tied Detroit Red Wings great Henrik Zetterberg for the sixth-most points by a Swedish-born player with 960.

Backstrom trails only Daniel and Henrik Sedin, Nicklas Lidstrom, Daniel Alfredsson, and Mats Sundin in NHL history among Swedish-born players.

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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2 Responses to Chasing Greatness In A Game: John Carlson Ties Mike Gartner For Fourth All-Time On Capitals’ Franchise Assists List, Nicklas Backstrom Climbs After Swedish Greats

  1. Anonymous says:

    Nicky finally reaching pretty noble heights.

  2. Jon Sorensen says:

    Swedeness!

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