Adding An Apple and Climbing the Record Books: John Carlson, Alex Ovechkin Climb the Record Books With Assists on Evgeny Kuznetsov’s Goal Against the Columbus Blue Jackets

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Over the course of their time together, Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin and defenseman John Carlson have teamed up for a number of milestone moments and history-making plays. During the team’s first game following the 2022 All-Star break, both players found themselves a little higher in two respective record books with helpers on a goal by Evgeny Kuznetsov.

Kuznetsov’s 15th goal of the 2021-22 regular season on the power play at the 15:57 mark of the second period against the Columbus Blue Jackets saw Ovechkin record the primary assist while Carlson was credited with the secondary helper.

With the primary assist, Ovechkin moved past longtime NHL defenseman Sergei Zubov for the third-most Assists in NHL history by a Russian-born player, picking up his 620th career assist.

With the secondary assist on the goal, Carlson moved past his former NHL and Juniors Head Coach (and Capitals great) Dale Hunter for the sixth-most points in franchise history, with his 557th career/Capitals point. Carlson tied Hunter for sixth on February 1, 2022.

Carlson sits 43 points away from passing Michal Pivonka (599) for fifth-most points in franchise history.

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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1 Response to Adding An Apple and Climbing the Record Books: John Carlson, Alex Ovechkin Climb the Record Books With Assists on Evgeny Kuznetsov’s Goal Against the Columbus Blue Jackets

  1. Anonymous says:

    The highlight of the night. I’m afraid milestones will get more and more attention and be the primary focus over the coming years.

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