Already the franchise leader in Points and Assists among defenseman, John Carlson scored his eighth and ninth goals of the 2020-21 season in the Washington Capitals’ April 1 tilt against the New York Islanders, moving closer to taking the number one spot in the future, in the process.
Carlson scored his first goal 1:01 into the game on assists from Tom Wilson and Conor Sheary to give the Capitals a 1-0 lead. The goal was his 113th of his career, tying him with former teammate Mike Green, and franchise legend Calle Johansson for third-most in franchise history among blueliners.
BLAST OFF! pic.twitter.com/uAvoGTAob1
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) April 1, 2021
Carlson scored his second goal at the 19:01 mark of the second period on assists from Daniel Sprong and Jakub Vrana.
A beautiful sequence pic.twitter.com/2SorhPDJw8
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) April 2, 2021
The goals gave Carlson his first multi-goal game of the season and moved him past Green and Johansson to take sole possesion of third all-time in Capitals history.
John Carlson records his first multi-goal game of the season, and with his 114th career goal, he has passed Mike Green and Calle Johansson (113) for the third most goals by a defenseman in franchise history.
— CapitalsPR (@CapitalsPR) April 2, 2021
Carlson now needs 36 more goals to surpass Kevin Hatcher as the Caps’ all-time leading blueliner in goals, and sits 31 away from taking sole possession of second from Sergei Gonchar. Carlson is currently in his 12th NHL season, all with the Capitals and is approaching 800 career Games Played. Among players in his draft class of 2008 (in which he was selected with the 27th overall pick), Carlson ranks fourth in Games Played, 14th in Goals, fourth in Assists, and fifth in Points.
By Diane Doyle