John Carlson Gets First Career Four-Assist Game In Capitals’ 6-3 Win Over Flyers

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Defenseman John Carlson recorded a career-high four-assist game in the Washington Capitals6-3 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday afternoon, which is tied for the second-most in a game by a defenseman in team history behind Scott Stevens (five: 12/6/1987). Three of his assists were primary ones.

His 32 assists this season lead the Capitals and are second among all NHL defensemen (New York Rangers’ Adam Fox: 35) while his 42 points lead all defensemen. Since 2017-18, Carlson’s 255 points (202 assists) lead all NHL defensemen.

Saturday’s game marked the ninth time in his career that he posted at least three assists in a game. The 31-year-old has recorded seven assists in his last three games.

Carlson set captain Alex Ovechkin up for a one-timer from the top of the left dot from up top to help get the Capitals rolling on the power play 3:38 into Saturday’s game.

Carlson rimmed the puck around the boards off of the half-wall and it went straight to defenseman Dmitry Orlov, who blasted a one past the blocker of Lyon to give the Capitals the lead back just 33 seconds into the second period to make it 2-1.

Carlson set up Ovechkin from the top again after getting the puck off of a faceoff and Ovechkin uncorked a one-timer four seconds into a power-play to retake one-goal the lead for the Capitals at 6:15 of the second after the Flyers tied it.

Carlson got credit for a fourth assist after blasting the puck and missing the net, which ultimately led to a no-look spin-o-rama pass by forward Tom Wilson from the half-wall to find center Evgeny Kuznetsov in front of the net. Kuznetsov deeked and tucked the puck in to make it 4-2 with 4:58 left in the second.

You can watch all of Carlson’s helpers from Saturday’s win below:

By Harrison Brown

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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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