Big Night For Big John: John Carlson Records 400th Career Assist in 800th Career Game

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The Washington Capitals’ 6-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday proved to be a big milestone night for multiple players. In addition to Alex Ovechkin reaching another power play milestone, and new addition Anthony Mantha’s first goal and points, defenseman John Carlson assisted on two goals, allowing him to reach 400 career Assists in his 800th NHL/Capitals game.

Only seven players have played in more career games for the franchise than Carlson: Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Calle Johansson, Peter Bondra, Kelly Miller, and Dale Hunter. In addition, he became just the fourth-ever player in the 47-year history of the franchise to reach the 400-mark in helpers, followers, Backstrom (the franchise leader), Ovechkin, and Michal Pivonka.

Carlson’s 37 points in the pandemic-shortened 2020-21 season rank tied for second among league blueliners and he is tops in even-strength points.

Carlson’s first assist of the game and 399th career helper came on a Nicklas Backstrom power play goal at 16:25 of the first period, which gave the Caps a 3-1 lead.  The 400th milestone assist came on Carl Hagelin’s goal nearly two minutes later, at 18:21, to put the Caps ahead 4-1.

Carlson now has a total of 515 points (115 goals, 500 assists) in 800 career games, all with the Capitals. The former first-round pick (27th overall in 2008) ranks third among defenseman (12th overall) from his draft class in Goals, third (fourth overall) in Assists, and and third (fifth overall) in total Points.

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By Diane Doyle

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Been a Caps fan since November 1975 when attending a game with my then boyfriend and now husband.
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